Stars and Stripes stripes.com 18 Dec, 2020 07:30 am

High turnout for flu shots at US Navy base in Japan a precursor to coronavirus campaign

High turnout for flu shots at US Navy base in Japan a precursor to coronavirus campaign
The Nov. 16-Dec. 11 campaign provided Navy corpsmen real-world experience that could come in handy once the coronavirus vaccine is available for the general public, according to Navy officials.

Over the course of the campaign, corpsmen brushed up on skills specific to mass immunization events, such as how to document the immunizations in patient records; properly administer shots; handle and transport vaccines, Kowitz said.” “Any opportunity to administer vaccines on a large scale, such as the annual flu shot exercise, is an opportunity for our corpsmen to build their skills for future exercises like this,” Kowitz said in the email.In a little less than a month, Yokosuka Naval Hospital staff vaccinated nearly 8,800 service members, military personnel and dependents, Kowitz said.Though avoiding sickness has been top-of-mind throughout the pandemic, Kowitz said she could not speculate why the turnout was much higher this year than in previous flu-shot campaigns.

While Kowitz said the coronavirus vaccine could be distributed in a similar manner, it also “would depend on the specific vaccine and any unique requirements, such as storage and handling.High turnout for flu shots at US Navy base in Japan a precursor to coronavirus campaign A box labeled "mass quarantine supplies" sits inside the Purdy Gym at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, on the final day of the installation's annual flu shot campaign, Dec.

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