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COVID-19 vaccinations begin for AFGSC, F.E. Warren AFB

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Major General Michael Lutton, 20th Air Force commander, receives the COVID-19 vaccination Jan. 8, 2020 at the base theater on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The vaccination is being rolled out in phases to ensure readiness and will help ensure nuclear surety. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Darius Frazier)

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Staff Sgt. Iadira Delgado Vega, from the 90th Missile Security Operations Squadron, receives the COVID-19 vaccination Jan. 8, 2020 at the base theater on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The vaccination is being rolled out in phases to ensure readiness and will help ensure nuclear surety. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Darius Frazier)

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Airman 1st Class Jessica Thompson, 90th Medical Group medical technician, fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 5, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.. The vaccine’s arrival at F.E. Warren is another step toward a phased vaccine distribution plan to protect local communities against COVID-19.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyler Placie)

The COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 30, 2020, and is set to be delivered according to a prioritized phase approach. The Whiteman AFB COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration plan will implement a phased, standardized and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing, and administering COVID-19 vaccines to installation personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dylan Nuckolls)

The COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, Dec. 30, 2020, and is set to be delivered according to a prioritized phase approach. The Whiteman AFB COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration plan will implement a phased, standardized and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing, and administering COVID-19 vaccines to installation personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Dylan Nuckolls)

PHEO gets vaccines

Lt. Col. Sky Wolf, 90th Missile Wing Public Health Emergency Officer, receives the COVID-19 vaccination Jan. 8, 2020 at the base theater on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The vaccination is being rolled out in phases to ensure readiness and will help ensure nuclear surety. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Darius Frazier)

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Senior Airman Dylan Merry, from the 90th Missile Security Operations Squadron, receives the COVID-19 vaccination Jan. 8, 2020 at the base theater on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The vaccine’s arrival at F.E. Warren is another step toward a phased vaccine distribution plan to protect local communities against COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Darius Frazier)

airman draws vaccine from vial

Airman 1st Class Jessica Thompson, 90th Medical Group medical technician, fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 5, 2021, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.. The vaccine’s arrival at F.E. Warren is another step toward a phased vaccine distribution plan to protect local communities against COVID-19.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Tyler Placie)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

The 90th Medical Group conducted its first inoculations of healthcare workers with the COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 31, 2020, at the base theater on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.

The vaccine’s arrival is another step toward a phased vaccine distribution plan to protect local communities against COVID-19.

“I’m excited to start this new chapter and proud of our team for being on the leading edge of the vaccine deployment,” said Col. Peter Bonetti, 90th Missile Wing commander “The health and welfare of our F. E. Warren family and our community partners is and will always be our primary focus.”

Initial vaccinations will be limited to healthcare workers, first responders and leadership to assess the process. After the initial vaccinations, an expanded distribution phase will be planned and executed.

Each phase of the vaccine distribution process is designed to safely protect DoD personnel from COVID-19, as well as the local communities, as quickly as possible.

“We’ve led the charge against COVID-19 over the past 11 months,” said Bonetti. “This vaccine is the next logical step in minimizing the risk to our force, our families, and our neighbors.”

Personnel must manage the risks of COVID-19 at the individual and community levels In order to reduce risks to readiness and maintain, as well as advance the lethality of the nuclear mission, said Lt. Col. Sky Wolf, 90th Missile Wing Public Health Emergency Officer.

While the length of vaccine immunity is unknown, it is known that the available vaccines do not cause COVID-19 and they will help build immunity while avoiding serious illness and/or death.

“The SARS-CoV-2 vaccination will help us achieve personal and organizational normalcy,” said Lt. Col. Sky Wolf, 90th Missile Wing Public Health Officer. “I am ready to roll up my sleeve for the vaccine and I am encouraging all of the Mighty Ninety and Team Warren who do not have a contraindication to do the same.”

As the distribution is carried out, information on the timeline of subsequent phases will be provided through command channels and through installation web and social media platforms.

Under U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use approval, the vaccine is voluntary but recommended by the military.

All DoD personnel will continue to wear appropriate masks, practice physical distancing, wash hands, and follow restriction of movement for the safety of their communities, as a large portion of the population will need to be vaccinated before COVID-19 risks diminish.