FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood began vaccinating hundreds of Army personnel Monday morning as the installation continued the fight against the coronavirus.
"While being at the hospital was a great venue for us to do the initial roll out, it was more conducive to have it in a central location," said Capt. Eduardo Mendez.
According to Fort Hood officials, the vaccine was offered to DOD beneficiaries eligible for Phase 1A, 1B, and 1C. These categories include health care and front line workers, deploying Soldiers, essential workers, and beneficiaries 16 years and older with an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
"If they are vaccinated prior to being deployed for readiness operations or oversea operations, than that gives them less time they have to be quarantined which means they are on the front lines able to do their job," said Lt. Col. Tammy Childs.
Fort Hood began vaccinations in December at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center.
"Moving from the hospital to the gym requires a little more detailed planning to make sure everything is going to run well," said Master Sgt. Tara Taylor, the Abrams vaccine site noncommission officer-in-charge.
DoD beneficiaries can download and complete the DHA from 207 as well as other vaccine information from the CRDAMC website homepage.
Capt. Mendez is an avid runner and while it's a big part of his life, it's also a part of who he is, as a soldier. He says he hopes those that have the chance to take it do, not only for them, but for others.
"We are very lucky to be able to be afforded the opportunity to be vaccinated. When it is your turn, please make your decision, find your 'why' to be able to get this protection," he said.
Abrams Gym, building 23001, is located on 62nd Street. The site will be open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday - Friday. The vaccine site will be closed on weekends and Federal holidays.
Beneficiaries should bring a valid DOD ID card and are encouraged to complete DHA form 207 before they get to the gym.