Back to Top Skip to main content Skip to sub-navigation

San Antonio volunteers sought for Warp Speed vaccine trials

Woman typing on laptop Marcy Edwards, a Military Health System beneficiary, signs up for Operation Warp Speed, Nov. 2, 2020. Operation Warp Speed is a national initiative to accelerate the development, production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. (Photo courtesy of Jason Edwards.)

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus | Vaccine Trials

Two San Antonio area Military Health System facilities are seeking volunteers from among the military beneficiary population to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine trial.

The trial is part of Operation Warp Speed, a national initiative to accelerate the development, production and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics.

The Brooke Army Medical Center aboard Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, and the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland are among the five Department of Defense locations taking part in the Phase III trial to evaluate the vaccine under development by AstraZeneca.

The other sites are Naval Medical Center San Diego in California, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia.

"The San Antonio Military Health System is proud to answer the call to help serve the needs of our nation in these unprecedented times," said Air Force Maj. Gen. John DeGoes, SAMHS market director and 59th Medical Wing commander. "We are proud to be selected as a partner in the effort to accelerate development of COVID-19 vaccines."

Army Brig. Gen. Shan Bagby, BAMC commanding general added, “We are honored to be among those sites selected in support of this whole-of government effort to ensure safe, effective medical products are provided at a critical time to the American people. SAMHS has the existing research infrastructure and experience to make a significant contribution to this important effort.”

The AstraZeneca vaccine trial is one of many national trials being conducted through Operation Warp Speed, and the first to encompass the DOD. With more than 80 sites nationwide, the trial has an overall target enrollment of 30,000 participants. Military sites are looking to draw 3,000 of those volunteers, according to a DOD release.

DOD sites are open on a voluntary basis to Military Health System beneficiaries – active duty, retirees and family members 18 years of age and older.

Beneficiaries can sign up for consideration by reaching out to either site:

Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (Site Code: WHASC)
Recruitment Phone Number: 253-341-6170
Email: covidwhasc@genevausa.org 

Brooke Army Medical Center (Site Code: BAMC)
Recruitment Phone Number: 253-924-9458
Email: covidbamc@genevausa.org 

Alternatively, volunteers can also visit www.CoronavirusPreventionNetwork.org, click on “Volunteer Now” and complete the survey. When requested, volunteers should enter the appropriate site code, depending on their preference and geographic location.

Once the survey is completed, local study site coordinators will screen volunteers and contact those participants in their area who may be a good match for the study. Volunteers should consult with the study coordinator if they are scheduled to move, change their duty station or deploy within 12 months of beginning participation.

According to the DOD release, the study is looking for people who are at an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which may include:

  • Working in an essential job, such as healthcare professions, emergency response personnel, grocery workers, meat-packing plants, restaurant staff, public transit, etc.
  • Living in densely populated residential environments
  • Living or working in congregated living facilities, such as nursing homes
  • A member of a community that has been hardest hit by this pandemic, such as older people, individuals with underlying health conditions, and racial/ethnic groups such as African Americans, Latino, and Native American populations.

Volunteers selected will be enrolled into the study. Once the local sites are active, participants will be called in to receive two doses of the vaccine or placebo about a month apart.

Along with scheduled visits, participants will be asked to come in if they have symptoms throughout the year to be tested for COVID-19. Study participants will be followed for two years to determine the vaccine’s efficacy, while being compensated for their participation.

You also may be interested in...

Presentation Companion

Publication
5/7/2021

Leaders and public affairs officers may reference this document. It can be shared with commands to support briefings, or distributed independently to share facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Nurse and Tech Week: Air Force airmen are battle-tested and ready

Article
5/6/2021
12 COVID-19 patients aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

For the past year, Air Force nurses and medical technicians have found themselves on the front lines in the battle against the COVID-19 disease.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | National Nurses Week | Technology | Nurses Week | May Toolkit | Coronavirus

EACH celebrates National Nurses Week with a reflection on the pandemic

Article
5/6/2021
Military health personnel inputting information into a computer

Evans Army Community Hospital celebrates National Nurses Week 2021.

Recommended Content:

National Nurses Week | Nurses Week | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

DHA-IPM 20-004: Department of Defense (DoD) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Implementation

Policy

This Defense Health Agency (DHA) Interim Procedures Memorandum (IPM), based on the authority of References (a) through (d), and in accordance with the guidance cited in References (e) through (aa), establishes the DHA’s procedures to implement instructions, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. This DHA-IPM applies to DHA, DHA Components (activities under the authority direction, and control of the DHA), Military Departments (MILDEP), and the United States Coast Guard (CG). This DHA-IPM cancels and replaces DHA-IPM 20-004, “Department of Defense (DoD) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Implementation,” December 13, 2020.

Got Your 6 - May 6, 2021

Video
5/6/2021
Video screen image for the May 6, 2021 Got Your Six video

"Got Your 6" is TRICARE's COVID-19 vaccine video series that delivers important information and updates, three times a month. It includes the latest information about DoD vaccine distribution, the TRICARE health benefit, and vaccine availability for a DoD-affiliated, and TRICARE beneficiary audience.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

DHA, HA leaders discuss MHS Transformation at AHA panel

Article
5/6/2021
Military personnel talking at a podium

Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ronald Place and Dr. Terry Adirim discussed MHS Transformation, MHS GENESIS, and highlighted the DHA’s response to COVID-19 in a virtual roundtable hosted April 12 by the American Hospital Association.

Recommended Content:

MHS GENESIS | Military Health System Transformation | Genesis of MHS GENESIS | Coronavirus | Readiness Capabilities

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine returns to Military Health System

Article
5/4/2021
Military personnel wearing a face mask and a face shield administering the COVID-19 vaccine

Doses of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine became available April 29 to those in the Military Health System eligible and authorized to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

U.S. continues sending medical supplies to India for COVID-19 fight

Article
5/3/2021
A picture of a C-5M Super Galaxy

DOD provides medical aid to India in the fight against the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Easy as 1-2-3 Screensaver

Infographic
5/3/2021
Graphic saying that beneficiaries can scan the QR code or visit www.TRICARE.mil/VaccineAppointments to see what appointment tool their DOD vaccine site is using. Graphic is framed by navy boarders and includes a QR code, and the TRICARE logo on the bottom center.

Graphic saying that beneficiaries can scan the QR code or visit www.TRICARE.mil/VaccineAppointments to see what appointment tool their DOD vaccine site is using. Graphic is framed by navy boarders and includes a QR code, and the TRICARE logo on the bottom center.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Vaccine Eligibility

Easy as 1-2-3 Graphic

Infographic
5/3/2021
Graphic stating scheduling their COVID-19 vaccine appointment is easy and links to www.TRICARE.mil/VaccineAppointments. Graphic is framed by navy boarders and includes a scannable QR code, and the TRICARE and MHS logo on the bottom center.

Graphic stating scheduling their COVID-19 vaccine appointment is easy and links to www.TRICARE.mil/VaccineAppointments. Graphic is framed by navy boarders and includes a scannable QR code, and the TRICARE and MHS logo on the bottom center.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Vaccine Eligibility

U.S. Army Medical Team Administers COVID-19 Vaccines in Guam

Article
4/29/2021
Military health personnel wearing a face mask administering the COVID-19 vaccine

Army medical professionals assist in administering COVID-19 vaccine doses to local Guamanians.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Readiness Capabilities

Military kids are resilient, but far from immune to pandemic effects

Article
4/28/2021
Military personnel wearing face mask holding up posters for Month of the Military Child

Military children are known for being resilient to constant change, but COVID-19 has affected their mental health, too.

Recommended Content:

Month of the Military Child Toolkit | Children's Health | COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Staying Resilient | Coronavirus

COVID-19 remote patient monitoring pilot marks initial successes

Article
4/27/2021
Photo of Army Maj. Daniel Yourk

Virtual health and other digital health technologies are an essential part of care delivery going forward for all patients, and especially the most vulnerable.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Join Us!! Fourth COVID-19 Townhall Update with Lt. Col. Matthew T. Swingholm!

Article
4/27/2021
Fourth MHS Town Hall announcement with image of Lt. Col. Matthew T. Swingholm, discussing the Critical Need for Blood Donations, Wednesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. ET

Join us for the MHS' Fourth COVID-19 Townhall Update with Lt. Col. Matthew T. Swingholm

Recommended Content:

Armed Services Blood Program | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit

DHA’s immunization health care specialists support vaccine rollout

Article
4/26/2021
Military personnel getting COVID-19 vaccines ready

The Defense Health Agency’s Immunization Health Care Division specialists were instrumental in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines to Department of Defense military medical treatment facilities around the world.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 46 - 60 Page 4 of 35

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.