COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
COVID-19 vaccines are available to all U.S. citizens and residents. There are three approved vaccines; Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Pfizer-BioNTech-Comirnanty, and Moderna. All three vaccines are safe and effective against COVID-19 and its variants.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fully authorized the Pfizer vaccine for individuals age 16 and older.
- The Pfizer vaccine is offered through an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for children ages 12 -16
- The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are offered through an FDA EUA for individuals age 18 and older.
DoD COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
The DOD now requires COVID-19 vaccines for all active duty service members (ADSMs) and National Guard members. Each service will decide their own deadline for vaccination.
- If you’re a service member and you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine from a non-DOD provider, make sure to update your medical records.
- If you haven’t received your COVID vaccine yet, schedule your vaccine as soon as you can.
- Find a DOD COVID Vaccine Location near you
The DOD already requires all ADSMs to get other types of vaccines before they join the military. There are very narrow religious and medical exemptions available on a case-by-case basis. If you have questions, contact your unit commander.
Recommended Third Dose
If you have an immune system that is moderately to severely compromised, the CDC recommends you may receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). This would be at least 4 weeks after your second dose. >>Learn More
Get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself, your family, your community, and our nation.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.tricare.mil/COVIDVaccine
What's Available Now
BOOSTER DOSE TO SELECT POPULATIONS:
Beneficiaries are eligible to receive a booster dose
of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine who completed the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 series at least six months ago and meet the following criteria:
- People 65 years and older and residents in long term care facilities should receive a booster dose
- People 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster dose
- People 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster dose
- People 18-64 years who are increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings may receive a booster dose
Individuals who received two doses of Moderna, a single dose of Janssen, or a mixed vaccine series are not recommended to receive a booster at this time.
Administration of a booster to indicated populations is provided at Long Fitness Center
, 8069 Normandy Dr, Fort Riley, Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Nov. 4.
ADDITIONAL DOSE TO IMMUNOCOMPROMISED:
IACH is also offering an additional dose
of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised beneficiaries after 28 days of their second dose based on the following criteria:
• Receiving active cancer treatment for solid tumors or cancers of the blood
• Taking medicine to suppress the immune system after an organ transplant
• Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency
• Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
If you have additional questions or feel you meet the criteria but your condition is not listed, contact your provider team.
Administration of an additional dose for immunocompromised is by appointment at IACH
. Visit the Patient Portal on MHS GENESIS at https://patientportal.mhsgenesis.health.mil
or call (785) 239-DOCS or 239-3627.