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COVID-19 vaccinations begin at Maxwell-Gunter AFB

Staff Sgt. Jason Medina, 42nd Medical Group immunizations noncommissioned officer in charge, prepares the COVID-19 vaccine for administration Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The 42nd Medical Group aims to administer the available doses of the vaccine in a five-day time frame.

Staff Sgt. Jason Medina, 42nd Medical Group immunizations noncommissioned officer in charge, prepares the COVID-19 vaccine for administration Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. The 42nd Medical Group aims to administer the available doses of the vaccine in a five-day time frame. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

Airman 1st Class Dustin Smith, an Airman assigned to the 42nd Security Forces Squadron, fills out paperwork to check in Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Smith is one of the first Airmen on Maxwell to receive the vaccine, since emergency services personnel are prioritized in the population schema developed by the Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Airman 1st Class Dustin Smith, an Airman assigned to the 42nd Security Forces Squadron, fills out paperwork to check in Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Smith is one of the first Airmen on Maxwell to receive the vaccine, since emergency services personnel are prioritized in the population schema developed by the Department of Defense and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

Maj. Shari Hafner, a general medical officer with the 42nd Medical Group, speaks with Staff Sgt. Gabriel Fox, a functional analyst with materiel management on Gunter Annex Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Hafner screens patients by reviewing their medical history, asking if they’re on any medication and answering their questions about the vaccine to ensure that they can be vaccinated safely and that they feel confident about receiving the vaccine.

Maj. Shari Hafner, a general medical officer with the 42nd Medical Group, speaks with Staff Sgt. Gabriel Fox, a functional analyst with materiel management on Gunter Annex Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Hafner screens patients by reviewing their medical history, asking if they’re on any medication and answering their questions about the vaccine to ensure that they can be vaccinated safely and that they feel confident about receiving the vaccine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

Staff Sgt. Jason Medina, 42nd Medical Group immunizations noncommissioned officer in charge, prepares the COVID-19 vaccine for administration Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Vaccines are currently voluntary and will be administered via appointment only, adhering to the prioritization schema developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense.

Staff Sgt. Jason Medina, 42nd Medical Group immunizations noncommissioned officer in charge, prepares the COVID-19 vaccine for administration Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Vaccines are currently voluntary and will be administered via appointment only, adhering to the prioritization schema developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

2nd Lt. Meggan Tamondong, an officer trainee at Officer Training School, receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Tamondong received her first dose of the vaccine when she was working as a nurse, before she joined the Air Force in December.

2nd Lt. Meggan Tamondong, an officer trainee at Officer Training School, receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Tamondong received her first dose of the vaccine when she was working as a nurse, before she joined the Air Force in December. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

2nd Lt. Meggan Tamondong, an officer trainee at Officer Training School, reads an OTS manual while seated in the post-vaccination waiting area Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Patients were asked to remain in the hangar for an additional 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine so they could alert nursing staff if they had any concerns.

2nd Lt. Meggan Tamondong, an officer trainee at Officer Training School, reads an OTS manual while seated in the post-vaccination waiting area Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Patients were asked to remain in the hangar for an additional 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine so they could alert nursing staff if they had any concerns. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

Capt. Aphton Lane, 42nd Medical Group Operation Warp Speed team lead, explains the “v-safe” program to Sgt. Richard Cap, a civilian defender and flight sergeant with the 42nd Security Forces Squadron, Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to use the v-safe program to report any side effects and daily health to keep the vaccine process safe.

Capt. Aphton Lane, 42nd Medical Group Operation Warp Speed team lead, explains the “v-safe” program to Sgt. Richard Cap, a civilian defender and flight sergeant with the 42nd Security Forces Squadron, Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to use the v-safe program to report any side effects and daily health to keep the vaccine process safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

Sgt. Richard Cap, a civilian defender and flight sergeant with the 42nd Security Forces Squadron, holds up a sign with his reason for getting the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. After receiving the vaccine, patients can take a photo at the “I got the vaccine” selfie area.

Sgt. Richard Cap, a civilian defender and flight sergeant with the 42nd Security Forces Squadron, holds up a sign with his reason for getting the COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 16, 2020, at the off-site clinic in the Honor Guard hangar on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. After receiving the vaccine, patients can take a photo at the “I got the vaccine” selfie area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

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