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Defense Health Agency Director: Vaccine rollout safe and effective

Defense Health Agency Director Lt. Gen. Ronald Place speaks to Evans Army Community Hospital leaders at BK George Hall about the Military Health System transformation. Place visited military medical teams at Peterson Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force Academy and Buckley Air Force Base, which also encompass the Colorado Springs Military Health System. (Photo by Jeanine Mezei)
The Department of Defense moved quickly to ensure a safe and effective rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccine, and began inoculating front line healthcare workers and first responders since initial allocations of the vaccine were delivered beginning Dec. 14, according to Defense Health Agency Director Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place....

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