COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all age 5 years of age and older. FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccines currently available to all U.S. citizens and residents are Pfizer-BioNTech-COMIRNATY®, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free.
- Getting the vaccine can reduce the risk of severe disease, hospitalizations and long-term complications for COVID-19.
- For children, the vaccine can also curb community transmission and reduce disruptions to in-person learning activities.
To learn more, visit the CDC website to get answers to frequently asked questions, see Interim Clinical Considerations, and bust myths about vaccines.
DOD COVID-19 Vaccine Service Member Mandate
COVID-19 vaccines are required for all members of the armed forces on active duty or in the Reserve or Guard components, including pregnant service members, according to DOD. Each service decides their own deadline for vaccination.
- If you’re a service member and have received a COVID-19 vaccine from a non-DOD provider, make sure to update your medical records.
- If you haven’t received your COVID vaccine yet, schedule your vaccine as soon as possible.
- Find a DOD COVID Vaccine Location near you.
If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, contact your unit commander.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Children ages 5 through 17 years
The CDC recommended all children age 5 years and older receive the Pfizer-BioTech COVID-19 vaccine, 2 dose series, 21 days apart.
- For children ages 5-11: pediatric dose (purple cap).
- Currently, COVID-19 vaccines are not authorized for children under 5 years of age.
- Visit the CDC website for more info.
If you’re unsure if the vaccine is right for your child, we recommend discussing your child’s medical conditions, including prior reaction to vaccines, with a medical provider. For some immunocompromised children, a third primary series/additional dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is now recommended for children age 5-11.
- People age 18 years and older who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should get a booster.
- The CDC now recommends children 12 and older, who completed the primary series of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should receive a booster dose after 5 months.
- Those who received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine are recommended to receive a booster dose after 2 months.
Are You a DOD Civilian Employee?
All DOD civilian employees must be fully vaccinated. The deadline was Nov. 22, 2021, subject to exemptions as required by law. >> See SecDef Memo
Concerns about the vaccine?
Speak with a Vaccine Expert. You may contact the DHA-Immunization Healthcare Support Center at 1-877-GET-VACC (1-877-438-8222) option 1 or Defense Switch Network (DSN) 761-4245, option 1, if you have questions about the vaccines or about an adverse event following vaccination.