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  • DOD Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

    U.S. Forces Japan (USFJ), Marine Forces Japan’s higher headquarters, is implementing the Department of Defense (DoD) COVID-19 vaccine plan centered on a standardized and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing, and administering the COVID-19 vaccine. 

    On December 18, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19.  Next the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will review the proposed vaccine and make recommendations to CDC, in meetings scheduled to occur this weekend (19-20 Dec).  After CDC issues formal approval of the vaccine, which may be as early as Monday, the Moderna vaccine will be shipped by DoD.  Moderna’s vaccine is the one initially scheduled for distribution to the USFJ population. 

    USFJ will use DoD’s phased approach to vaccinate all Active component, Reserve component, TRICARE Prime and TRICARE Select beneficiaries, and select DoD civilians and contract personnel authorized to receive immunizations from DoD.

    DoD has identified a limited number of controlled pilot sites to validate COVID-19 vaccine distribution, administration, and reporting processes, which will then inform the Department’s selection of additional distribution sites. Kadena Medical Facility is among the selected pilot locations.  This facility will receive a very limited amount of vaccinations for pilot-process administration within the coming days. U.S. Naval Hospital Okinawa and mainland facilities at Misawa Air Base, Yokota Air Base, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, and Camp Zama have been added by DoD as expanded pilot administration sites that will receive initial vaccine shipments at the same time or shortly after Kadena.  The timeline for the large-scale distribution of vaccine doses has not been solidified yet.

    Immediate vaccination administration prioritization will focus on those providing direct medical care and emergency services (e.g., EMS/Fire/Public Health and Safety/Medical Personnel). 

    We continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community here in Japan as we support COVID-19 response efforts, while maintaining readiness and operational capabilities across the region.

    It is critical that the USFJ community remain vigilant and continue to practice COVID mitigation measures until the risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced.  USFJ has made no change to its HPCON level and remains under a Health Protection Emergency.  All USFJ personnel must continue to wear appropriate masks, practice physical distancing, wash hands, and follow restrictions of movement to protect the health and safety of our community on and off our installations.

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Among all U.S. forces on Okinawa, we are all following U.S. Forces Japan and other higher level guidance, but local commanders have some ability to determine how best to protect their units.  For this reason, you may see the application of slightly different protective measures across the Services on the island.

III MEF leadership takes into account a multitude of factors when considering making changes to HPCON levels. Graphs, like the one below, are used as a guideline for making decisions that impact the III MEF community. When key decision points are reached based on the local situation, commanders from the joint forces come together to discuss necessary measures to keep the on-base and off-base communities safe. As cases rise, heightened measures are considered in order to protect our Marines, civilian employees, and families while ensuring our ability to fight now.