Skip to main content

Military Health System

Naval Air Facility El Centro administers COVID-19 vaccine

Image of Military health personnel administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Navy Hospitalman Gabriel Cabral, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, from Maryland, administers first-round of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sailors and select Department of Defense support staff onboard Naval Air Facility EL Centro, California on March 4, 2021 (Photo by: Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Drew Verbis, Navy Operational Support Center - Phoenix).

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Considerations | Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Sailors and select Department of Defense support staff began receiving the first-round of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine onboard Naval Air Facility EL Centro in California, March 4, 2021.

Due to the emergency authorization the COVID-19 vaccine, while encouraged, remains voluntary for service members. The Department of Defense is taking a prioritized, phased approach for administering the vaccine to volunteer's, to strengthen the DOD's ability to protect personnel, maintain mission readiness, and support the national COVID-19 response.

"It's extremely important for our active-duty and civilian work force that live and work on the installation to take part in the vaccination," said Navy Master Chief Eric Hubert, command master chief, NAF El Centro. "This is one-step closer for us to help in the fight against the COVID pandemic and keep our Navy force strong."

The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine follows protocols established by prior influenza vaccine seasons. The administration of the vaccine is coordinated by military medical treatment facilities (MTFs) and all supported Navy units, including NAF El Centro, to ensure operational readiness is maintained and the vaccine is administered when available.

"NAF El Centro was fortunate to receive an allotment of vaccine to cover all eligible volunteers," said Navy Lt. Nicholas Blonien, flight surgeon, NAF El Centro. "Thanks to the education efforts of base leadership and a well-trained vaccination team traveling from San Diego’s Naval Medical Center, we capitalized on the opportunity and delivered first-shots to the majority of the qualified NAFEC workforce. This is the first step in achieving community immunity and bringing an end to this pandemic. I am very thankful to all those who volunteered, and we'll continue to encourage vaccination for anyone who remains hesitant."

The COVID-19 vaccine was developed in approximately 1-year and many have their doubts about its safety and effectiveness. However, Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Juan Gonzales, assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego, urges those with concerns, speak with their primary health-care provider.

"I'm glad to see many shipmates and select DOD workers participating in today’s vaccine evolution," Gonzales said. "Like me, they feel fortunate to receive the vaccine. They're taking the right steps to control the virus, helping to reduce the stigma associated with the vaccine and doing their part to keep the community safe."

As NAF El Centro receives the vaccine, masks and physical distancing will still be required until the vaccine is proven to provide long-term protection. Global and national public health authorities are expected to continue to recommend wearing masks and practicing physical distancing, for everyone, until pandemic risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced.

The mission of NAF El Centro is to support the combat training and readiness of the warfighter. This includes air operations support to operational fleet and training squadrons as well as squadrons from other services (Marine Corps, Army, Air Force) and international military partners.

You also may be interested in...

COVID-19 Consideration: Wildfire

Infographic
11/10/2022
COVID-19 Consideration: Wildfire

What you need to know to keep you and your family safe

Recommended Content:

Disaster Prep Toolkit | COVID-19 Considerations

COVID-19 Consideration: "Go Kit"

Infographic
11/10/2022
COVID-19 Consideration: "Go Kit"

Make sure you have an emergency "Go Kit" packed

Recommended Content:

Disaster Prep Toolkit | COVID-19 Considerations

COVID-19 Considerations: Clean Up

Infographic
11/10/2022
COVID-19 Considerations: Clean Up

After a hurricane, clean up your neighborhood

Recommended Content:

Disaster Prep Toolkit | COVID-19 Considerations

COVID-19 Considerations: Check on Your Neighbors

Infographic
11/10/2022
COVID-19 Considerations: Check on Your Neighbors

During an emergency, check on your neighbors

Recommended Content:

Disaster Prep Toolkit | COVID-19 Considerations

Get Protected With New COVID-19 Booster and Flu Vaccine

Article Around MHS
10/24/2022
Military medical personnel administering vaccine

There are two vaccines you should consider getting this Fall, and now you can get them both at the same time.

Recommended Content:

Immunizations | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Toolkit | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Collaborating In the ER: Reservists Assist, Learn in Community Hospitals

Article Around MHS
10/20/2022
Military medical personnel in medical training session

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic–when there were no vaccines, a shortage of health care workers, and hospitals were beyond capacity– the U.S. health care system needed help. Here's one of many ways the Department of Defense answered the call.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response

Time to Get Your Flu Shot and Your COVID-19 Booster, Too

Article
10/14/2022
Senior MHS officials and medics from the Pentagon stand together Oct. 13 after receiving their flu shots and bivalent COVID-19 boosters.."

It's flu shot time. Get your COVID-19 booster at the same time.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Toolkit | Immunizations | Coronavirus

COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Infographic

Infographic
10/12/2022
COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Infographic

The #CDC recommends everyone ages 12 years and older get a single bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster, when eligible. You can get your COVI D-19 vaccine or booster at the same time as your season flu shot! Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination here: www.tricare.mil/Coronavirus #GetVaccinated #vaccineswork

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

Prevent the Spread of Influenza and COVID-19 Viruses Within Your Community

Article
10/11/2022
A person getting an injection on their arm.

As families return from summer vacation and students return to school, the influenza (flu) season is approaching while the COVID-19 pandemic is still on-going.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus & the MHS Response | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Immunizations | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Toolkit

COVID-19: Bivalent Booster, Get Boosted

Infographic
9/19/2022
COVID-19: Bivalent Booster, Get Boosted

Get Boosted!

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19: Bivalent Booster, New

Infographic
9/19/2022
COVID-19: Bivalent Booster, New

New Booster for Fall!

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19: Bivalent Boosters

Infographic
9/19/2022
COVID-19: Bivalent Boosters

COVID-19 Bivalent Booster are now available!

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19: Bivalent Booster, Did you know?

Infographic
9/19/2022
COVID-19: Bivalent Booster, Did you know?

Updated COVID-19 Boosters available!

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19: Bottom Line on Boosters

Infographic
9/19/2022
COVID-19: Bottom Line on Boosters

Bottom Line on Boosters: Stay up to date!

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

DHA Form 207: COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Immunization Document v22

Form/Template
9/9/2022

The purpose of this form is to determine if the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to the patient. (v22, Sept. 2022)

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Immunization Healthcare Division | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | COVID-19 Information for Military Treatment Facility Directors | Coronavirus
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 32
Refine your search
Last Updated: September 27, 2022
Follow us on Instagram Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube Sign up on GovDelivery