Stars and Stripes stripes.com 24 Dec, 2020 23:30 am

Eglin Air Force Base gets its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine

Eglin Air Force Base gets its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine
Eglin Air Force Base began vaccinating front-line health care workers against COVID-19 at the base hospital on Wednesday after the installation's first vaccine shipment arrived.

"Our health protection measures here on this base will continue throughout the pandemic," Hanson said in a report posted Wednesday on Eglin's Facebook page." Still, Hanson said, the vaccination is "that ray of hope" in fighting the coronavirus."Having the ability to vaccinate interested airmen that are being exposed to this virus on a regular basis means that we're going on offense," Hanson said in the Facebook post.Department of Defense has prioritized military health care and public safety workers, beginning with those who "are exposed to the virus or have the highest risk of being exposed to the virus day to day," Hanson said.

In a message to Eglin personnel in the days before the vaccine arrived, Hanson said base leadership "encourage(s) everyone to learn about the risks and benefits of vaccination.(Tribune News Service) —  Eglin Air Force Base began vaccinating front-line health care workers against COVID-19 at the base hospital on Wednesday after the installation's first vaccine shipment arrived.

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