Fort Bragg expands vaccine clinic to include some civilians
Posted January 25, 2021 5:12 p.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2021 5:36 p.m. EST
Fort Bragg, N.C. — Since the beginning of 2021, Fort Bragg soldiers have rolled up their sleeves at Womack Army Medical Center to get protection from COVID-19.
Specialist Victor Valenca came to get his shot with a very personal reason.
"I've had an unfortunate death in the family because of it (COVID-19), so I don't want to propagate the spread of it," he said. "I'm doing my part of get vaccinated and to help out the community I live in."
Now, others, including some civilians will be able to do the same. Fort Bragg is expanding the pool of mission-essential personal who are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine.
"We're talking about caregivers. We're talking about teachers and staff, commissary personnel," said Col. Scott Pence, Fort Bragg garrison commander. "People who have daily contact with people are who we want to make sure are vaccinated first."
Tandra Dennis, a Fayetteville resident, is on that list. Her experience at the vaccine clinic reflected its military precision.
"It's been pretty easy, pretty uneventful," she said. "I have the time so it's not that big of a deal."
At Sports USA on post, medics were set up at 16 stations Monday to administer shots. Each one is sterilized after each person.
As vaccine becomes available, Fort Bragg reaches out to those in the eligible pool, so no one had to call or stand in line.
Beginning Tuesday, Fort Bragg will start giving the vaccine to people who are 16 years and older who have high-risk conditions.