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The Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine plan involves a standardized and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing, and administering COVID-19 vaccines through a phased approach to vaccinate all Active component, Reserve component, TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select beneficiaries, retirees, and select DoD civilians and contract personnel authorized to receive immunizations from DoD.

The vaccine is voluntary at this time. Initial quantities of the vaccine are limited and will be distributed on a rolling delivery basis as more vaccines becomes available. You can find more information about DoD’s phased approach in the phases/local timeline section below.

COVID-19 vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, and processes and procedures are in place to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective. Vaccines are only available after they are:

  • Demonstrated to be safe and effective in large phase three clinical trials
  • Authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Manufactured and distributed safely and securely

To hear the experiences of someone who received the vaccine, click the two links below.  Col. (Dr.) Ryan Mihata, 86th Medical Group Commander, documented how he felt 24 hours and 48 hours after vaccination:
24 hours post administration
48 hours post administration

For more information about the safety of the vaccines, view the vaccine safety section below.

Ramstein's Medical Clinic is one of 28 Military Treatment Facilities in Europe that has received initial shipments of COVID-19 vaccines. For more information, view the vaccination sites section below.

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