Wright-Patt releases deadlines for mandatory vaccinations on base

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Wright-Patterson Air Force Base released its timelines for getting active-duty personnel at the base vaccinated under the federal vaccine mandate for military.

All active-duty Airmen and Guardians will have to be fully vaccinated no later than Nov. 2, the base said in an announcement.

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“We are taking an aggressive approach to protect our service members, their families and their communities from COVID-19 and the highly transmissible Delta variant,” said Undersecretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones. “As members of the nation’s armed forces, our Airmen and Guardians must be able to respond to situations around the globe — being fully vaccinated will help us safely meet the readiness requirements that our national security depends on.”

The Air Force’s plan also required Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Personnel to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 2.

Mandatory vaccination through the military will initially only include the Pfizer COVID-19 shot, which is currently the only fully-approved vaccine.

To meet deadlines, the first dose of Pfizer has to be given no later than Sept. 28 and the second shot is required by Oct. 19.

“As we roll into mandatory vaccinations for military personnel, we have no concerns with on-hand supply,” said Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander. “Expect the mandatory pods to start the week of Sept. 13 in the Medical Center auditorium. The plan is to rotate personnel through the pod by unit.”

Walk-in services for active-duty shots begin on Sept. 8 at Wright-Patterson Medical Center in the auditorium.

“If you are an unvaccinated military member, your unit will advise you of the date and time to report for your first dose, unless you choose to get it earlier,” Miller said.

Department of Defense civilian workers and contractors should continue scheduling appointment by calling 937-257-SHOT (7468).