CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea – The COVID-19 vaccine distribution location moves from Brian D. Allgood Army Community Hospital to Building 2037, near Talon Café, on Camp Humphreys, Jan. 19.
The transition will take about a week, after which the new COVID-19 Vaccination Center will serve as the primary location for vaccine distribution. The BDAACH vaccine site will remain open to support beneficiaries with disabilities, who may need mobility assistance.
“It’s all about throughput,” said Col. Michael Tremblay, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys commander. “The bigger space in the new location will allow us to vaccinate up to 800 people a day. Our goal is to maximize our capacity to issue as many shots in arms as quickly as possible. The quicker we can get people vaccinated, the better the outcome will be for all of us.”
Initially, in accordance with Department of Defense directive and guidelines, inoculations were limited to frontline healthcare workers and first responders; however, all eligible U.S. Force Korea-affiliated individuals will be offered the vaccine in the coming weeks.
The 65th Medical Brigade Facebook message advised that once identified individuals received their vaccine, other individuals including family members and beneficiaries will be notified through their leadership, social media and command channels when “they are eligible to receive the vaccine.”
While the vaccine is completely voluntary under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), USFK Commander Gen. Robert Abrams stated in a USFK message that personnel should make an informed and educated decision about the vaccine, and should “strongly consider taking it.” He also noted that the vaccine is another tool to protect the force and the community, and to “strengthen our ‘Fight Tonight’ readiness posture.”
“Just over 5,000 personnel have already received their shots here [Camp Humphreys],” said USAG Humphreys Command Sgt. Maj. Benjamin Lemon. “And we have another 4,000 scheduled to get theirs next week. I got my first dose earlier this month and had no issues.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Moderna vaccine requires a 2-dose regimen, with a 28-day interval between doses. It is administered directly into muscle, and it can take up to two weeks after the second dose is administered for an individual to be considered fully vaccinated.
“We are doing exceptionally well in preventing the spread of the virus,” said Tremblay. “Even though vaccinations have begun, we are not completely out of the woods yet. We still need to remain vigilant and adhere to our core tenets, the HPCON measures, and Republic of Korea (ROK) government and local directives, to continue to protect the force and the community.”
For additional information, questions, or concerns, please contact your primary healthcare provider or visit: https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download