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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 underlying health condition.

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

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines continue to be the most effective tool against serious illness, hospitalization, and death related to COVID-19. The CDC recommends everyone six months or older get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness.

  • Updated COVID-19 vaccines will be available starting in September 2023.
  • 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.

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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