In a press release, The Department of Defense today outlined plans for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The department reported the initial COVID-19 allocation would be allocated and handled in a deliberate and staggered way working closely on the supply of COVID-19 vaccines with the Ministry of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Controlling and Prevention (CDC).

The plans are part of the Trump administration's "Operation Warp Speed" (OWS). OWS's goal is to produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines by 2021. OWS is a partnership among components of the Department of Health and Human Services. It will coordinate existing HHS-wide efforts, including the NIH's Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines partnership. Protocols for the demonstration of safety and efficacy are being aligned, which will allow the trials to proceed more quickly.

The DOD plans to administer its initial 43,875 doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the CONUS and OCONUS population, including members of the National Guard; dependants; retirees; civil workers; and DoD contractors, chosen by a DOD authority to which the United States government has delegated vaccination.

CONUS is the term combination and acronym in "continental America," like the contiguous 48 states and Columbia district. It does not imply international countries; primarily states and United States dependencies, which do not come under the central United States, such as Hawaii, Alaska, and Guam. OCONUS introduces a term beyond, which implies "outside contiguous United States." Saipan. - Saipan. These words are used by federal departments and the military to identify jobs inside and beyond certain nations, although also a member of the United States.

The two main factors in the plan of Department are: (1) the person receiving vaccine; and (2) the person receiving and delivering the vaccine most efficiently.

The Department's prioritization is based on CDC guidelines. The guidelines are focused on vaccine data obtained during vaccine studies and on a CDC risk evaluation for certain demographic groupings of vaccine. The DOD priority scheme coincides with and prioritizes direct health care providers, ensuring vital national safety and set-up functions, deploying powers and beneficiaries of COVID-19 at greatest risk of contracting serious disease in front of other citizens of the DOD community.

In the first step, vaccines will be distributed and administered at a select location due to the restricted supply of the initial doses. The DOD Task Force chose initial distribution sites from suggested military and U.S. sites. The delivery of the COVID 19 assigned vaccines will commence after COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use by the Federal Drug Administration and according to the guidance of Operation Warp Speed.

These locations are as follows (CONUS):

  • Darnall Army Medical Center, Fort Hood, TX
  • Willford Hall, Joint Base San Antonio, TX
  • Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA
  • Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Navy Branch Health Clinic, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL
  • Base Alameda Health Services (clinic), U.S. Coast Guard Base, Alameda, CA
  • Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
  • Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, CA (distribution from San Diego)
  • Naval Hospital Pensacola, Pensacola, FL
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home, Gulfport MS (Keesler AFB will administer) (distribution from Pensacola)
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, DC (distribution from Walter Reed)
  • Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • U.S. Coast Guard Base Clinic, Portsmouth, VA (distribution from Portsmouth Naval Medical Center)
  • Indiana National Guard, Franklin, IN
  • New York National Guard Medical Command, Watervliet, NY

OCONUS:

  • Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
  • Allgood Army Community Hospital, Camp Humphreys, Korea
  • Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany
  • Kadena Medical Facility, Kadena AB, Japan

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