Stars and Stripes stripes.com 14 Jan, 2021 08:15 am

'Adjustments' to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base COVID vaccine priority order could come next week

'Adjustments' to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base COVID vaccine priority order could come next week
The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees can volunteer to get the vaccine, but only in the "appropriate phasing," Col. Patrick, Miller said Wednesday.

And that phasing is following a Department of Defense plan: Health care and essential first-responders are to get the vaccine first, then people necessary to accomplish certain key missions, Airmen set to deploy, then "high-risk" beneficiaries before, finally, the healthy population, Miller said.And though he offered no precise timeline, Miller said there may be "adjustments" in the vaccine priority order as soon as next week, based on updates the Department of Defense makes to its schema."When we get to the high-risk folks, we'll publicize that," Miller said.that I outlined," Miller said.

The base plans to host panels of physicians and experts on the vaccine to educate those within and outside the base fence, Lyons and Miller both said.There was no "post-holiday" bump in COVID cases, Miller also said Wednesday.

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