Maj. Richard Brocksmith, an 88th Medical Group nurse anesthetist, listens to instructions from Maj. Holly Holko, 88 MDG medical services flight commander, while receiving the COVID-19 vaccine from Dale Guinther, an 88 MDG nurse, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Jan. 4. Portions of this photo have been altered for security reasons. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/TY GREENLEES
illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths, according to DOD officials.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is another item in our toolkit as medical professionals to help combat the pandemic, one that can provide long-term solutions to allow for better mission readiness and normal operating environments,” said Lt. Col. Thad Ocampo, chief of the 88th Medical Group’s Allergy and Immunizations Clinic. “Medical center staff have been preparing for this a few months now and are trained in safe vaccine protocols. We have plenty of supplies on hand and are ready to support our community.”
The Pfizer vaccine currently being administered on Wright-Patt requires two doses at least 21 days apart.
Ocampo recommends that vaccine recipients schedule their second vaccine dose the same day to ensure they receive it as close to the 21-day mark as possible.
As the medical center moves into each phase of the vaccination plan and expands vaccines to beneficiaries, patients can expect reduced services while medical staff makes schedule adjustments.
More information will be released as it is available.
Col. Patrick Miller (center), 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, is briefed by 88th Medical Group personnel Jan. 4 as the COVID-19 vaccine is administered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Portions of this photo have been altered for security reasons. U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO/TY GREENLEES