Army medical treatment facilities in Europe are working closely with U.S. Army Europe and Africa units to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to Soldiers who have not yet received it.
Since the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army mandated COVID-19 vaccinations of Soldiers using the FDA approved Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine, U.S. Army Europe and Africa and its subordinate units have implemented plans to vaccinate all remaining eligible Soldiers in order to enhance the protection of the force, our communities and our nation.
As units execute the mandatory vaccination effort for service members, we continue to support the voluntary vaccination of those not fully vaccinated in our communities.
If you have questions about mandatory vaccinations, please contact your chain of command.
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine boosters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in:
- individuals 65 years of age and older;
- individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and
- individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19. Specific guidance on occupations impacted is expected from CDC shortly.
Boosters are only recommended for people in the categories above who originally received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. We are still waiting for administration guidance from the Army and the Defense Department, but we will put out information to those populations in the coming days as we begin to offer boosters to people in those categories. At this time, boosters are completely voluntary.
For the rest of our military community, the FDA does NOT recommend boosters for those who are fully vaccinated with the Moderna or Janssen vaccines at this time. If that guidance changes, we will let the community know.