January 6, 2020 –
This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
Recently the Washington National Guard received a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by the Moderna Corporation. As allowed by the Department of Defense, we are currently offering vaccinations to service members actively working in support of the COVID-19 response, who are considered an essential frontline worker. The intent of providing the vaccine is to protect service members from COVID-19 and its associated symptoms and complications. Those receiving this vaccination may also be less likely to transmit it to family and friends.
The vaccine is being released under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An EUA allows use of a vaccine prior to completion of all typical FDA licensing requirements. This particular vaccine has been subject to rigorous laboratory and clinical testing for safety and effectiveness, and the FDA has determined the benefits to those receiving it outweigh any potential risks.
Receiving this vaccine is currently voluntary because its release is under an EUA.
I call on every Guard member to use the resources provided on this website and on the Washington National Guard's official social media sites to better educate themselves on the vaccine. It is critical that you obtain information about the COVID-19 vaccine from the official sources provided here, and avoid misinformation that could potentially put your lives and those of your loved ones at risk.
- What We Know: FACTS from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html
- Vaccine Information for You and Your Family: Take the time to educate yourself about the COVID-19 vaccine https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
- Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Information Statement
- Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Information Statement
- Coronavirus Information for Washingtonians:
I’m proud of the work of all our Guardsmen and civilians during this public health crisis. Stay safe and check back here often or whenever you have questions about COVID-19. In the meantime, don't let up now. Continue to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and avoid gatherings. We're so close to the finish line - let's finish strong.
Bret. D. Daugherty
The Adjutant General – Washington