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Initial COVID-19 vaccinations underway at Vandenberg AFB

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The 30th Medical Group administered its first round of COVID-19 vaccinations Jan. 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The Department of Defense distributed the vaccine to the base and other select locations as part of Operation Warp Speed, the nation’s initiative to safely and efficiently vaccinate the American public.

“It’s a very exciting and historic day that we were able to get the COVID-19 vaccine here,” said Col. Jessica Spitler, 30th Medical Group commander.

With vaccinations in hand, the 30th Medical Group began its part by installing a five-station point of distribution system at the medical facility to begin the local campaign dubbed Operation Fight Back.

“The Medical Group is doing a fantastic job of giving the vaccine to all of our eligible beneficiaries,” Spitler said. “I’m excited to see the end of this pandemic and this is our first step on fighting back.”

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James Haleski, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of readiness and emergency management, and Dr. Paul Vu, 30th Medical Group chief of aerospace medicine, receive COVID-19 vaccinations Jan. 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Vandenberg Air Force Base officials will continue to administer the vaccine over the next few months, following the DoD COVID-19 vaccine plan to "implement a phased, standardized and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing and administering COVID-19 vaccines to protect our people, maintain readiness and support the national COVID-19 response."

“It’s a good day,” said Airman 1st Class Douglas Moore, one of the medical workers administering the first group of vaccinations. “I’m excited about the vaccine rolling out, getting it as early as we are and what it means for the status of social life in the country.”

In accordance with the DoD phased approach, the first round of vaccinations at Vandenberg were administered to medical workers and prioritized personnel, and will expand to include more groups in subsequent rollouts.

Although the vaccine is not mandatory, it is recommended by the 30th Medical Group to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I did have reservations,” Moore said about getting the vaccine. “After reading the Pfizer study and doing a little research, I decided that the benefits outweigh any risks. I decided to go ahead and get it.”

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Col Spitler, 30th Medical Group commander, speaks to medical workers during Operation Fight Back on Jan. 6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Medical workers from the 30th Medical Group set up a point of distribution system to help administer the first round of COVID-19 vaccines on base. 

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