Leaders encourage soldiers to get vaccinated

Leaders encourage soldiers to get vaccinated

Article originally written by Joseph Lacdan, Summarized by The Alliance for Fort Gordon
Published May 7, 2021

The Army has resumed distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in limited capacity, helping the service reach its goal of vaccinating 80% of the force by July 4, its top medical officer said.

Although the Department of Defense temporarily paused the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to possible adverse reactions on April 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently recommended that the pause be lifted, according to a FDA press release last week.

Lt. Gen. Scott Dingle, the Army’s surgeon general, said during a media event that no member of the Army has reported experiencing harmful reactions from taking any of the inoculations. Dingle said he welcomes the opportunity to continue giving the Johnson & Johnson dose to Soldiers.

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