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January 27 COVID-19 Town Hall Questions and Answers

Q: When will retirees be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The Wright-Patterson Medical Center will reach out to each beneficiary when during their Phase, according to the Schema, is open for vaccination. Availability is also dependent on vaccine supplies.

Q: When will civilian base employees be able to get COVID-19 vaccine?

A: All base units have point of contacts (POC) who are helping to identify which phase individual employees fall into. Those POCs schedule appointments with the Wright-Patterson Medical Center.

Q: What medical conditions are considered severe enough to get the COVID-19 vaccine in stage 1C?

A: The CDC has guidelines for high- risk medical conditions. cdc.gov/Coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html.

Q: Is the Wright-Patterson Medical Center giving COVID-19 vaccines to retirees?

A: Yes, in line with the DOD Schema.

Q: Are DOD contractors going to be able to get shots from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center?

A: Yes, DOD contractors are eligible when it is their turn.

Q: How will Tricare Select dependents that use on off-base primary care physician get an appointment the Wright-Patterson Medical Center?

A: The Wright-Patterson Medical Center will schedule all TRICARE beneficiaries, even those with an off base primary care physician, as vaccine supply increases. There are also local community resources where you can receive the vaccine.

Q: How will retirees and their beneficiaries who have TRICARE, but do not get medical care on Base be contacted? Do they have to register somewhere and how will the Wright-Patterson Medical Center know they want the vaccine and are eligible?

A: Depending on which Phase a beneficiary falls into, the Wright-Patterson Medical Center will contact the beneficiary or the WPMC may have people schedule themselves; however, all plans for all phases have not been finalized yet.

Q: How does a 75+ year old schedule a time to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: 75+ year old beneficiaries can contact the scheduling team at 937-257-7468 (SHOT) to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine.

Q: So when will the Phase 1C group start?

A: Currently there is not an exact time frame. It is dependent on vaccine supply and how quickly the Wright-Patterson Medical Center gets through previous phases.

Q: How will retirees/beneficiaries be notified that they can come in to receive the vaccine once you get to phase 2?

A: The Wright-Patterson Medical Center is not certain how Phase 2 will be conducted yet. There are a lot of logistics to work out, as well as the need for a substantial vaccine supply, which is not within the WPMC’s control.

Q: If both beneficiaries are registered with the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, will the WPMC call the beneficiary to notify them it is their turn for the COVID-19 vaccine.

A: The Wright-Patterson Medical Center is not certain if the process for 1C will be the same as 1B (the WPMC schedules beneficiaries versus beneficiaries schedule themselves), but as soon as the plan is finalized the WPMC will communicate the plan.

Q: If a beneficiary misses their COVID-19 vaccine notification phone call, how do they confirm that they want the vaccine?

A: The beneficiary will need to call 937-257-7468 (SHOT) to talk to scheduling personnel and let them know they missed the call.

Q: If someone is a new retiree working as an LPN and RN student, can they get the vaccine on base now?

A: Retirees who are TRICARE beneficiaries can receive the vaccine on base with at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, but which phase you are in is determined by the beneficiary order, not your off-base employment.

Q: Educators are listed on the scheme in Phase 1B, is that only for educators who work on base? And are those who work off base and Tricare beneficiaries eligible?

A: TRICARE beneficiaries can receive the vaccine on base at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, but which phase you are in is determined by the beneficiary order, not your off-base employment.

Q: Is the Wright-Patterson Medical Center using Pfiser or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The Wright-Patterson Medical Center is currently issuing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Q: If there are unfilled appointments or vaccines still available at the end or towards the end of a day, will walk-ins or some sort of notification be put in place for those not in the current groups being notified.

A: That may be a future possibility, but not at this time.

Q: Does a beneficiary make an appointment for the second COVID-19 vaccine dose at the time their first vaccine dose is given?

A: Beneficiaries are encouraged to make appointments for both doses at the same time.

Q: During the first vaccine dose is it true that beneficiaries should come back for their second does on the date and time written on the back of their vaccine card?

A: If a beneficiary received their first dose at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center between Jan. 4 to 20, they will need to return to the WPMC Auditorium for their second dose. Please follow the date on the vaccine card as best as you can. Please note that the WPMC does not administer vaccines on Saturday or Sunday.

Q: Is it true that only healthcare workers that work on base can receive the COVID-19 vaccine on base?

A: Yes, only on base healthcare workers can received their COVID-19 vaccine on base.

Q: Who can actually get their COVID-19 vaccine at the Wright-Patterson Medical Center?

A: At this time the Wright-Patterson Medical Center is only servicing military members, retirees, DOD contractors who work on WPAFB, and base DOD employees. The insurance carrier does not matter in this case. There are services at the county level if you do not fit into those categories, please visit Ohio.gov for vaccine locations.

Q: Does the Wright-Patterson Medical Center recommend people get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Yes, base and medical officials recommends getting the COVID-19 vaccine when it is your turn.

Q: Will other federal workers who work on the base, but are not DOD, get access to the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: The Wright-Patterson Medical Center has asked that question but unfortunately are still waiting for guidance on that population.

Q: How can the public and/or beneficiaries find out updated information?

A: You can message the 88th Medical Group’s Facebook page at AFMS - Wright-Patterson - 88th Medical Group and they can update you and answer questions.

Q: Can active duty retirees who work on base receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: Yes, current base employees are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their turn.