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Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

COVID-19

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets and small particles produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

  • Illness can range from mild to severe, though not everyone infected with the virus develops symptoms.
  • Some people are more likely than others to get very sick if they get COVID-19. This includes people who are older, immunocompromised, have certain disabilities or have an underlying health condition.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

COVID-19 Vaccine

The CDC recommends the 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 vaccines to protect against serious illness from COVID-19.

  • Everyone ages 5 years and older should get one dose of an updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Children aged 6 months to 4 years need multiple doses to be up-to-date, including at least on does of an updated COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses.

Check with your military hospital or clinic or health care provider for availability and how to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the CDC website.

Concerns about the vaccine?

If you have concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, you may contact the DHA Immunization Healthcare Support Center at 1-877-GET-VACC (1-877-438-8222) option 1 or DSN 761-4245, option 1, if you have questions about the vaccines or about an adverse event after getting the vaccine.

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Whole Health System Approach to Long COVID

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration is leading an effort to equip health care providers with a Veteran-centered Whole Health System approach to caring for Veterans with Long COVID, also known as post-COVID-19 conditions.

Last Updated: November 02, 2023
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