About the Vaccines
As of 23 August, 2021; the FDA formally licensed the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY® COVID-19 vaccine. The FDA-approved COMIRNATY® vaccine is the same as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that was administered under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The vaccine is –
- approved to be administered in a two-dose series, 3 weeks apart, for the prevention of COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older.
- authorized under EUA to be administered to:
- prevent COVID-19 in individuals 12 through 15 years.
- provide a third dose at least 4 weeks after the second to immunocompromised individuals 12 years of age and older.
Additionally, two existing COVID-19 vaccines remain available under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status.
Eligibility When Not Otherwise Mandated
All DoD beneficiaries and other individuals who are eligible to receive vaccines from DoD will be offered and are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 immunization in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines.
Military Health System (MHS) COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Healthcare Personnel
Information and resources on the COVID-19 Vaccination Program from the Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Division. This information is geared toward health care personnel in the DoD.
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Communication Products and Educational Resources
Building Vaccine Confidence
Defense Health Agency COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit Use this digital toolkit to help you communicate with beneficiaries about the COVID-19 vaccine. The assorted print, digital, and social media graphics should be used locally to generate awareness among populations.
COVID-19 Products for Line Leadership from DHA
Line Leader Presentation PPT
Leaders across the Department can leverage this briefing deck to discuss COVID-19 vaccines with their troops. Don't forget to reference speaker notes and to personalize the title slide!
Line Leader Presentation (PDF)
This document is identical to the PowerPoint presentation for line leader reference and use.
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.
Reasons to Choose a COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
Leaders and public affairs officers can share this information across channels to continue the vaccine confidence conversation.
Different Vaccines – Learn more about vaccine types, authorized and recommended vaccines, and vaccines currently in clinical trials.
DoD is confident in the stringent regulatory processes and requirements of the FDA. Manufacturers are required to submit their raw data for the FDA to review. Safety, immune response, and efficacy data from the trial stages are submitted to the FDA before the vaccines are authorized for use and distribution. Per FDA requirements, DoD will be monitoring and tracking reports of vaccine side effects through various surveillance activities both internal and external to the DoD. Click here to learn more
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