FORT RUCKER, Ala. (WDHN) — Fort Rucker gave out its first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday morning.
Two of the first people to get inoculated were Dr. Jennifer Marsden and Physician Assistant Elizabeth Johnson-Bailey with the Lyster Army Health Clinic. Licensed practical nurse Cindy Flowers was the one who conducted the immunization.
Johnson-Bailey said she wants people to take the vaccine and be informed on its benefits.
“I have read a lot about it,” she said. “I think it’s important to get the vaccine, not just for myself but for the people we are taking care of. I have been using the hashtag #3ws#WearYourMask#WashYourHands, #WatchYourDistance , now I might add #WhatDoYouWantToKnow now that I’ve taken the vaccine so I can help answer questions people might have.”
In addition to healthcare providers, several officers with the Fort Rucker Department of Public Safety also got their COVID-19 vaccines, including Chief Marcel Dumais.
“I think it’s important as leaders to lead by example, and this is just one of things you need to do to show your team that you have trust and confidence in the vaccine,” Dumais said.
Operations officer Jeff Mortensen also received the vaccine and said it’s important for first responders to be immunized as soon as possible.
“We need to be protected to be able to protect them,” Mortensen said.
Just as with state governments, the Department of Defense COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration plan is broken into phases. Right now, the focus will be on immunizing:
- Health care workers and emergency services personnel
- Personnel performing activities associated with critical national capabilities• Select deploying individuals
- Other critical and essential support
- Individuals at the highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19
The Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Disease Control (CDC) allocated the initial vaccine doses through Operation Warp Speed, and more will be delivered as they are manufactured.
You can read more about the DOD’s vaccine plan by clicking here.