COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
COVID-19 vaccine candidates are being offered through an Emergency Use Authorization by the Food and Drug Administration
. The vaccine is being administered in phases to DoD uniformed service members, both the active and Selected Reserve components, including members of the National Guard; dependents; retirees; civilian employees, and selected DoD contract personnel as authorized in accordance with DoD regulation.
The vaccine is being offered on a voluntary basis, but priority populations are highly encouraged to get it. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects yourself, your family, your community and our nation.
Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
As we continue to get ore does of the Pfizer vaccine, we will continue following the tiered approach as outlined in the DoD's Population Schema. We are administering the vaccine, as we receive it, to the following individuals:
- Health care providers and staff who work on base for a military unit
- First responders who work on base for a military unit
- Emergency services and public safety personnel who work on base for a military unit
- Service members supporting the national COVID-19 response
- Personnel who perform critical national capabilities
- Personnel preparing to deploy to locations outside the U.S.
- Patients age 75 and older
- Frontline essential workers as identified by Group Commanders or their delegates
How to get on the list to receive the vaccine:
- Any active duty personnel, GS workers or Contractors who meet the above criteria may contact their unit POC to be added to their unit COVID-19 Vaccine wait list.
- Any patient enrolled to the 6th Medical Group who is 65 or older may call 813-827-1918 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the COVID-19 Vaccine wait list.
- Individuals enrolled to the 6th Medical Group who are between 16 and 64 and have risk factors for severe illness will need to contact their Primary Care Team (PCM) if they want to be added to the list of potential COVID-19 vaccine recipients. COVID-19 severe illness risk factors include cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD, heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies), immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant, obesity with BMI > 30 kg/m2, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Visit the CDC Website to learn more.
- We are not offering the vaccine to non-enrolled beneficiaries at this time. Exceptions include civilians that work on base who meet the criteria listed above. Non-enrolled beneficiaries may want to consider the following information sources for getting the vaccine in the community:
- State of Florida: Go to https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/ for a list of vaccine options available throughout the state of Florida.
- Hillsborough County: Go to https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/residents/public-safety/covid-19-vaccine for a list of vaccine options available throughout Hillsborough County.
- Veterans: Go to https://www.tampa.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp for vaccine options for veterans in the Tampa area.
- Call the Statewide COVID-19 Vaccination Support Helpline at 833-540-2028
COVID-19 Vaccine Related Questions
Contact us at one of the following methods below:
Medical Related Questions
Please contact your Primary Care Team by using one of the methods below:
What Happens Next?
Once you received the vaccine, if you experience any side-effects or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at 813-827-2273 or contact the MHS Nurse Advice Line.