COVID-19 Vaccine Information
COVID-19 Pfizer vaccinations including boosters at Lyster Army Health Clinic are currently limited to Active Duty only. We apologize for any inconvenience. Beneficiaries and DoD/DA civilians can visit vaccines.gov to find COVID-19 vaccine availability within the local community. Click HERE to schedule an appointment. If an appointment is not currently available, please continue to check back as vaccine shipments continue to resupply. Please do not call the Appointment Line for an appointment, use the online Vaccination Scheduler. Walk-ins are not accepted. Clicker HERE for a Guide to Scheduling COVID Vaccine Appointment.
Vaccination Location: Lyster Army Health Clinic
Once the vaccine is administered, individuals will need to remain in the vaccination area for 15 to 30 minutes depending on health history for observation. Bring your vaccination card to your second dose appointment.
Just like the Flu Vaccine, we always encourage our beneficiaries to get vaccinated at first opportunity, and not wait, as some area hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, and public health departments have already received their next vaccine shipments. We hope to see an increase in vaccine availability in the near future. But for now, we wanted to share the information for those that might choose to seek a local area to receive the vaccine. For the State of Alabama to schedule an appointment visit the online portal at https://alcovidvaccine.gov/. When available, you can get the COVID-19 vaccine from any civilian pharmacy at no charge, even non-network pharmacies but here are some things to keep in mind: Learn more https://tricare.mil/COVIDVaccine
COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
COVID-19 vaccines currently available to all U.S. citizens and residents are Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Pfizer-BioNTech-COMIRNATY®, and Moderna. These vaccines are safe and effective against COVID-19 and its variants.
The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all people 5 years and older.
DOD COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
The DOD now requires COVID-19 vaccines for all members of the Armed Forces under DOD authority on active duty or in the Ready Reserve, including the National Guard who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This include pregnant service members. Each service will decide their own deadline for vaccination.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Children
- If you’re a service member and you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine from a non-DOD provider, make sure to update your medical records.
- If you haven’t received your COVID vaccine yet, schedule your vaccine as soon as you can.
- Find a DOD COVID Vaccine Location near you.
Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19, as well as reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission. Vaccination also reduces risk of:
- Severe disease
- Long-term COVID-19 complications
If you are unsure whether the vaccine is right for your children, we recommend you discuss your child’s medical conditions, including prior reaction to vaccines, with a medical provider.
Additional Dose for Immunocompromised
People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised
are recommended to get an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna).
Certain groups of people are recommended to get a booster shot.
To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.tricare.mil/COVIDVaccine
What is COVID-19
COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, is a force health protection threat in areas where the Department of Defense (DoD) personnel live and work. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading federal public health agency responding to COVID-19.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
The CDC advises to look for emergency warning signs*
for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility:
Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
How to mitigate the COVID-19 threat
- Wear a facemask to protect yourself and others;
- Stay physically distant from other (about 2 arm lengths)
- Wash your hand regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Considerations on who should get tested for COVID-19
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19
- People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
- People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, or state health department.
Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine or isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.
Where to get information or assistance
- Lyster Army Health Clinic: (800)-261-7193
- Nurse Advice Line at 800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1; www.tricare.mil
- State of Alabama’s hotline: 800-270-7268
- Additional information to determine if you need quarantine, testing or isolation is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.
Local screening and testing
Information found on this page may change, follow the current CDC guidance on COVID-19 healthcare.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a COVID-19 vaccine is an important tool in stopping the pandemic. It may be an effective way to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19. And it may help keep you from getting seriously ill if you do catch the virus. Getting vaccinated also protects the health of the people around you—especially those who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines are only available after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proves them to be safe and effective in large phase 3 clinical trials. You can learn more about the vaccine safety process on the CDC website.
Whenever the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves or authorizes a vaccine, its work doesn’t stop there. COVID-19 vaccines must adhere to specific FDA guidelines for safety and efficacy, and FDA also sets up ongoing surveillance programs that continue after clinical trials.
CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW to learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring from Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Are you wondering how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is making COVID-19 vaccines recommendations?
CLICK THE ICON to hear the CDC's Dr. Cohn explain how the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, an independent group of experts, develops recommendations and advises CDC on the use of vaccines in our country and the process for making recommendations on COVID-19 vaccines.
Click the image below to learn more about COVID-19 from the Army Public Health Center