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Dover AFB Airmen receive COVID-19 vaccinations

Senior Airman Bianca Robichaud, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron acting family health noncommissioned officer in charge, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th Medical Group unit training manager, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Robichaud was the first person on Dover AFB to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Bianca Robichaud, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron acting family health noncommissioned officer in charge, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th Medical Group unit training manager, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Robichaud was the first person on Dover AFB to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A syringe containing the COVID-19 vaccine is ready to be administered Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Team Dover frontline workers voluntarily received the vaccine in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

A syringe containing the COVID-19 vaccine is ready to be administered Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Team Dover frontline workers voluntarily received the vaccine in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Members from Team Dover wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Dover Air Force Base, Jan. 15, 2021. This is the first batch of vaccines to arrive at Dover AFB and will be distributed in a three-phase process starting with healthcare providers, healthcare support workers, frontline workers and safety personnel. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Faith Schaefer)

Members from Team Dover wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Dover Air Force Base, Jan. 15, 2021. This is the first batch of vaccines to arrive at Dover AFB and will be distributed in a three-phase process starting with healthcare providers, healthcare support workers, frontline workers and safety personnel. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Faith Schaefer)

Senior Airman Bianca Robichaud, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron acting family health noncommissioned officer in charge, poses for a photo after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine administered by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th 436th Medical Group unit training manager, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Robichaud was the first person on Dover AFB to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of the COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Senior Airman Bianca Robichaud, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron acting family health noncommissioned officer in charge, poses for a photo after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine administered by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th 436th Medical Group unit training manager, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Robichaud was the first person on Dover AFB to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of the COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Aaron Weisenberger, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department assistant chief for health and safety, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th Medical Group unit training manager, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Weisenberger was among the first Team Dover frontline workers who voluntarily received the vaccine in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Aaron Weisenberger, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department assistant chief for health and safety, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th Medical Group unit training manager, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Weisenberger was among the first Team Dover frontline workers who voluntarily received the vaccine in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Lt. Col. Brittany Nutt, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron commander, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th Medical Group unit training manager, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Nutt was among the first Team Dover frontline workers who voluntarily received the vaccine in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Lt. Col. Brittany Nutt, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron commander, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th Medical Group unit training manager, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Nutt was among the first Team Dover frontline workers who voluntarily received the vaccine in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Jonathan Nordstrom, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department firefighter and driver, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Senior Airman Bianca Robichaud, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron acting family health noncommissioned officer in charge, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Nordstrom was among the first Team Dover frontline workers who voluntarily received the vaccine in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Jonathan Nordstrom, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron fire department firefighter and driver, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Senior Airman Bianca Robichaud, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron acting family health noncommissioned officer in charge, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Nordstrom was among the first Team Dover frontline workers who voluntarily received the vaccine in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. The vaccine was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in prevention of COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Tech. Sgt. Juan Davila, 436th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron flight operational medicine noncommissioned officer in charge, prepares a single dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Davila prepared syringes to be administered to the first Team Dover frontline workers who volunteered to receive the vaccine and were identified as eligible in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Tech. Sgt. Juan Davila, 436th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron flight operational medicine noncommissioned officer in charge, prepares a single dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Davila prepared syringes to be administered to the first Team Dover frontline workers who volunteered to receive the vaccine and were identified as eligible in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. John Rockwell, 436th Medical Group chief of aerospace medicine, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Tech. Sgt. Juan Davila, 436th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron flight operational medicine noncommissioned officer in charge, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. As the 436th Airlift Wing public health emergency officer, Rockwell was among the first Team Dover frontline workers who voluntarily received the vaccine and were identified as eligible in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Col. John Rockwell, 436th Medical Group chief of aerospace medicine, is administered the COVID-19 vaccine by Tech. Sgt. Juan Davila, 436th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron flight operational medicine noncommissioned officer in charge, Jan. 15, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. As the 436th Airlift Wing public health emergency officer, Rockwell was among the first Team Dover frontline workers who voluntarily received the vaccine and were identified as eligible in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- The first round of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Dover AFB last week. The 436th Medical Group started administering the vaccine to Team Dover frontline workers on January 15, 2021.

Base leaders developed a vaccination plan for selected individuals who volunteered to receive the vaccination in concurrence with Department of Defense guidance.

The first round vaccines were administered under the Emergency Use Authorization to prevent the COVID-19 virus and are the first of a two-dose series with the second dose to be given one month later.

“I’m extremely excited it [vaccine] is finally here,” said Col. Tracy Allen, 436th Medical Group commander. “I say finally even though it was incredibly fast; we’re not even quite a year into our first case being reported in the United States but to be standing here and know that we’re finally able to do something about it, [I’m] beyond happy about that part.”

The very first vaccination was both given and received by members of the 436th Medical Group.

“I feel like it was an honor to be the first person to get the vaccine and to kind of set a precedence for everyone else on base,” said Senior Airman Bianca Robichaud, 436th Health Care Operations Squadron acting family health noncommissioned officer in charge. “I encourage everyone else to go and get the vaccine.”

Staff Sgt. Kelsey Loeser, 436th Medical Group unit training manager, administered the vaccine to Robichaud.

“Giving the vaccine is a huge privilege and honor to help our community and our loved ones,” said Loeser. “This is a great advancement in the medical field, I encourage everyone to get the vaccine but it is a personal choice and that they need to make the decision that is best for them.”

One of the recipients expressed the importance of receiving the vaccine with the health of others in mind.

“I don’t feel particularly concerned about getting COVID myself, I feel that I would probably fair quite well, I’m concerned about that if I got it that I would pass it onto other people who might be more vulnerable than me,” said Moyra Molina, 436th MDG utilization manager and nurse. “As a nurse … I feel a responsibility to get vaccinated.”

Medical staff provided each recipient information about the vaccine they were about to be administered as well as assistance filling out a DHA Form 207, COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Immunization Document. Prior to receiving the vaccine, they were thoroughly screened by medical staff who answered any questions the recipients had.

“For a long time we’ve been focused on mitigation measures, [being on the] defense, wearing our masks, washing our hands and standing six-feet apart,” said Allen. “But this is the first time I feel like we’re going on the offense.”