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Moody receives COVID-19 vaccine

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Senior Master Sgt. Caleb Martinez, 23d Medical Support Squadron superintendent, prepares to receive a COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 6, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Medical Group began administering the Moderna vaccine to healthcare and public safety Airmen as part of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. Team Moody personnel can receive the vaccine according to DOD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

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Staff Sgt. Samantha King, 23d Medical Group medical technician, puts on gloves before administering a COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 6, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Medical Group began administering the Moderna vaccine to healthcare and public safety Airmen as part of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. Team Moody personnel can receive the vaccine according to DOD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman receiving a vaccine

Jerry Dawson, 23d Operational Medical Readiness Squadron health promotion coordinator, receives a COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 6, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Medical Group began administering the Moderna vaccine to healthcare and public safety Airmen as part of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. Team Moody personnel can receive the vaccine according to DOD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

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Staff Sgt. Jennifer McCoy, right, 23d Healthcare Operations Squadron NCO in charge of immunizations, reviews Lt. Col. Marc Rittberg’s, 23d Medical Support Squadron commander, questionnaire before he receives a COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 6, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d Medical Group began administering the Moderna vaccine to healthcare and public safety Airmen as part of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. Team Moody personnel can receive the vaccine according to DOD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman receiving a vaccine

Senior Airman Gian Vera, 23d Medical Group allergy immunizations technician, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Lt. Col. Travis Russell, 23d Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, Jan. 6, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d MDG began administering the Moderna vaccine to healthcare and public safety Airmen as part of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. Team Moody personnel can receive the vaccine according to DOD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

Photo of an Airman preparing to administer a vaccine

Senior Airman Gian Vera, 23d Medical Group allergy immunizations technician, prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 6, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d MDG began administering the vaccine to healthcare and public safety Airmen as part of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. Team Moody personnel can receive the vaccine according to DOD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

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Senior Airman Gian Vera, 23d Medical Group allergy immunizations technician, holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 6, 2021, at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The 23d MDG began administering the vaccine to healthcare and public safety Airmen as part of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan. Team Moody personnel can receive the vaccine according to DOD and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jasmine M. Barnes)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Select Moody Air Force Base personnel received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 6.

The initial shipment of the vaccine arrived in early January. The Department of Defense’s distribution plan implemented a three-tier process following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations. Tier one prioritizes medical workers, emergency services, high-risk individuals and public safety workers as the first recipients of the vaccine.

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Travis Russell, 23d Wing public health emergency officer and 23d Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, received the first administration, followed by other 23d Medical Group personnel.

“I can actually tell you that the injection is equal to every vaccine I've gotten pretty much since I've been in the military,” said Russell. “And as a physician, I actually get a chunk more [vaccines] than [others]. However, the actual injection was basically just a needle stick in the arm. No concern from that.”

Although the vaccine is not mandatory, many tier one members of Moody have received the vaccine.

“[I] am getting [my] first [COVID-19] vaccine and it’s really exciting,” said Master Sgt. Leilani Guevarra, 23d Healthcare Operations Squadron superintendent. “I believe that this will actually help us, for the safety of people around us that may be high risk when it comes to their health. It’s also protecting the people [who] we care about, and that’s not just for Moody personnel, but everyone in our community.”

The vaccine will be administered in a two-dose series: the initial, and then the booster 28 days later.

Moody’s medical professionals encourage personnel and the community to continue to wash their hands, wear masks and practice social distancing to limit the spread of the virus.

For more information about COVID-19 and the vaccines, visit https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/fbclid/ or https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Public-Health/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine-Efforts

To hear more from Russell, check out the videos here and here.