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COVID-19 Vaccine for Adults Age 75 and Older

The CDC recommends that adults ages 75 and older should now receive COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1b of the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program. The CDC’s phased approach to vaccination recommendations is guided by the goals to decrease death and serious disease as much as possible, preserve the functioning of society, and reduce the extra burden COVID-19 is having on people already facing disparities.

Adults 75 and older are at eight times higher risk of hospitalization from COVID-19 infection than younger, healthy adults, therefore Department of Defense beneficiaries 75 and older are encouraged to access COVID-19 vaccines through their closest military hospital or clinic.

After getting vaccinated, other COVID-19 safety precautions like masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing, should remain in effect until experts better understand the extent of protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide.  >>Read the Article: TRICARE Seniors 75 and Older Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and answers about Adults 75 and Over Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine


If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to be vaccinated?


COVID-19 vaccination should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. However, anyone currently infected with COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until after their illness has resolved and after they have met the criteria to discontinue isolation.


Where can I get the vaccine?


The availability of the vaccine may vary by location. The DHA is developing several options to assist military hospitals and clinics in reaching out to you. If you're age 75 or older, you can watch for news from your local military hospital or clinic. You can visit your military hospital's website, social media, or contact your local military hospital or clinic for their vaccination process and availability.

The vaccines will be more broadly available in the coming months and eventually, you’ll be able to get it from civilian providers and all TRICARE network pharmacies, in addition to military hospitals and clinics.


Why can I get vaccinated but others can’t yet?


Because the supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is expected to be limited at first, the CDC is providing recommendations about who should be vaccinated first. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as large quantities of vaccine are available. As vaccine supply increases but remains limited, CDC will expand the groups recommended for vaccination.


Is immunity from the COVID-19 vaccine better than natural immunity from infection?


Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, but experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.


How many doses of the vaccine will I need?


The COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized are given in a 2-dose series. The vaccines are NOT interchangeable and a vaccine recipient’s second dose must be from the same manufacturer as the first dose. Arrangements for scheduling a second dose and setting a reminder can be made while you are getting your first dose. The series does not have to be restarted if there is greater time than recommended between the first and second dose.

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This age recommendation differs slightly from that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends vaccinations for those 65 and older.

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