Stars and Stripes stripes.com 21 Dec, 2020 07:15 am

Coronavirus vaccines expected within days for select subjects at six US bases in Japan

Coronavirus vaccines expected within days for select subjects at six US bases in Japan
Medical-care and emergency-service providers have priority for immediate inoculation, including medical personnel, firefighters and public health and safety personnel, U.S. Forces Japan announced Sunday.

“Moderna’s vaccine is the one initially scheduled for distribution to the USFJ population,” the statement said.The military’s pilot program will validate vaccine distribution, administration and reporting processes and help determine additional distribution sites, USFJ said in its statement.“Kadena Medical Facility… will receive a very limited amount of vaccinations for pilot-process administration within the coming days,” the statement said.The other five pilot sites in Japan will receive initial vaccine shipments “at the same time or shortly after Kadena,” the statement said.

The Defense Department has a coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing and administering the COVID-19 vaccine, the statement said.USFJ will use a phased approach to vaccinate all active duty and reserve troops, TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select beneficiaries and select DOD civilians and contract personnel authorized to receive immunizations from the department, USFJ said in its statement.

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