The Medical Aid Station (MAS) is not currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations. If vaccinations are scheduled to restart at the MAS the below personnel are “eligible” or “authorized” to receive vaccinations:
1. Service members on active duty and in the Selected Reserve (including National Guard personnel) are eligible and encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccines at military medical treatment facilities (MTFs) or other DoD vaccination sites, as identified by the Military Departments. Service members who are not able to access a DoD vaccination site and elect to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through non-DoD channels must provide documentation of receipt of the vaccination to their unit for documentation in appropriate medical readiness systems.
2. Dependents of active duty service members, retirees and other eligible DoD beneficiaries are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and encouraged to access COVID-19 vaccines through existing processes at MTFs or through the private sector care component of TRICARE.
3. Subject to direction by the Military Departments, other DoD Components, or Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Components concerned, DoD civilian employees, who are not otherwise eligible DoD beneficiaries, are eligible to receive the vaccine, and select contractor personnel who usually receive influenza vaccines as part of a DoD occupational safety and health program (e.g., health care workers, maintenance depot workers), and who are not otherwise eligible DoD beneficiaries, may be offered COVID-19 vaccines at DoD vaccination sites per the terms of their contracts. Follow-on care (other than the administration of a second vaccine dose) will be provided through such individuals' existing health care plans or personal health care providers. The Military Departments or DoD or OSD Components may request, through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA)) that COVID-19 immunizations be offered to additional DoD contractor employees that provide mission-essential critical capabilities.
- Based on CDC guidance, increased risk factors for severe illness include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down Syndrome, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies), immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant, obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2), severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, type 2 diabetes mellitus.
- For purposes of COVID-19 vaccine administration, “mission essential contractors” at Arnold AFB currently includes Facility Services Support (FSS) Fire Department and Emergency Services, Security Services, Op Center and Environmental Management personnel. However, prior approval from the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs (ASD(HA)) is required before vaccines can be administered to any mission essential contractor.
- The FDA approved COMIRNATY® and the FDA authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine under emergency use authorization have the same formulation and can be used interchangeably.