2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 COVID-19 Vaccination

Last Updated: October 13, 2021

Army Announces Implementation of Mandatory Vaccines for Soldiers

The Army has outlined its plan to fully comply with the Secretary of Defense’s order requiring all Service members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. While soldiers who refuse the vaccine will first be counseled by their chain of command and medical providers, continued failure to comply could result in administrative or non-judicial punishment – to include relief of duties or discharge. Soldiers with questions about the safety, effectiveness and possible side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine should discuss them with their health care provider. Read more hereExternal Link

MHS Immunization Healthcare - COVID-19 Vaccine ResourcesExternal Link

Risk Communication Strategy for Mandatory VaccinationExternal Link (milSuite CAC log-in required)

Secretary of Defense Memorandum - Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members, August 24, 2021External Link

Army Regulation 40-562, Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases External Link

Department of Defense 05 October 2021 guidance - Service members who are pregnant, postpartum and/or breastfeeding should be vaccinated as part of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of DoD Service as they are not medically exempt from COVID-19 vaccination, unless they request and are qualified/approved for a temporary medical exemption from their health care provider.​

For information about the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the federal workforce please check with your local human resources department or the Office of Personnel Management. The Safer Federal Workforce websiteExternal Link provides ongoing guidance to keep employees safe and agencies operational.

Everyone is encouraged to schedule their vaccine appointment now. 

Use the DHA Appointing Portal (DAP)External Link to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Book your vaccine today at your local military hospital or clinic!  Learn more at TRICARE.mil/DAPExternal Link


Vaccines.govExternal Link

Beneficiaries can also use Vaccines.govExternal Link to find state and local vaccination sites and retail pharmacies nearby, then call or visit their website to make an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Vaccines


MHS COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Center for Healthcare Personnel

Communication Products and Educational Resources

General Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

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. Click here to learn moreExternal Link

Communication Products and Educational Resources



Building Vaccine Confidence

  • Defense Health Agency COVID-19 Vaccine ToolkitExternal Link 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 PPTExternal Link

​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)External Link

​This document is identical to the PowerPoint presentation for line leader reference and use.

Presentation CompanionExternal Link

​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 SheetExternal Link

​Leaders and public affairs officers can share this information across channels to continue the vaccine confidence conversation.



Vaccine Safety

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 moreExternal Link


General Resources


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