Nearly 75% of Fort Campbell Soldiers Fully Immunized Against COVID-19

FORT CAMPBELL, KY – The Director of the Defense Health Agency provided an overview of COVID19 vaccination rates across all departments and recognized the soldiers at Fort Campbell for its high vaccination rate, during his recent visit here.

“Across the Department of Defense, about 68 percent have received at least one vaccination in the active duty force, and we are about 56 percent who are fully vaccinated. On this facility, and in particular this division (101st Airborne) is much higher than that, ”said Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, Defense Health Agency, director of the agency responsible for ensuring the Active duty and reserve service members of the country are in good health so that they can accomplish their national security missions.

Place said about 78 percent of the soldiers in the Fort Campbell division had at least one vaccination and 74 percent were fully vaccinated.

“So we’re doing well across the Department of Defense, but the leaders in the greater Fort Campbell area have really taken it on and have done an amazing job,” he said.

The Blanchfield Army Community Hospital is responsible for the immunization mission at Fort Campbell and has administered approximately 56,000 doses to its TRICARE-eligible population and civilian workforce at the facility who have chosen to receive the vaccine.

This is especially important because DHA is monitoring the new Delta variant. The agency reports that the Delta variant has spread around the world and is now a variant of concern in the United States where it is growing rapidly, especially in areas with low vaccination rates.

Current data shows that the new variant is more transmissible, more severe, and causes a higher rate of hospitalization and death than any other strain. However, vaccination can help reduce infection against the new variant. DHA officials said existing vaccines currently available to anyone over the age of 12 have been shown to be very effective.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to military personnel and other eligible beneficiaries of TRICARE, such as spouses, retirees, and adolescents 12 years and older.

In Fort Campbell and surrounding communities, beneficiaries eligible for TRICARE can make an appointment to be vaccinated on the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital website, https://blanchfield.tricare.mil.

TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries outside the local area can find a suitable vaccination site for them by visiting https://tricare.mil/covid/vaccine.

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