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Leaders at Nellis Air Force Base receive COVID-19 vaccinations as a part of the base’s continued phased rollout

Airman poses with vile in his hand

Chief Master Sgt. Emilio Hernandez, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center command chief, holds a vile containing the COVID-19 vaccine at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 5, 2021. The COVID-19 vaccine was designed to help combat the spread of Coronavirus, which has contributed to the death of more than 300,000 Americans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dwane R. Young)

Airmen stand in front of check-in tables.

Col. Jack Gardner, 99th Air Base Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Emilio Hernandez, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center command chief, check in to receive their COVID-19 vaccines at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 5, 2021. The first phase of vaccines were administered to first responders, mission-essential personnel, deploying forces and individuals with serious illnesses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dwane R. Young)

Airman receives a shot in the arm.

Col. Todd Dyer, 99th Air Base Wing commander, receives his COVID-19 vaccine at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 5, 2021. The 99th Medical Group began administering the first round of COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 23, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dwane R. Young)

Airmen stand and talk in a circle.

Col. Todd Dyer, 99th Air Base Wing commander, speaks to Nellis Air Force Base leadership after they received their COVID-19 vaccines at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 5, 2021. “I recommend getting the vaccine, because I personally feel that the vaccines’ trials, safety, effectiveness and overall benefit all greatly outweigh any risk involved,” he said. “Our nation’s healthcare professionals have been working tirelessly in the fight against the pandemic, and we owe it to them to look beyond ourselves and consider the greater good.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dwane R. Young)

Airman receives a shot in the arm.

Chief Master Sgt. Alex Morgan III, 99th Air Base Wing command chief, receives his COVID-19 vaccine at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Jan. 5, 2021. “We all spent the past 10 months fighting the pandemic using physical distancing, hygiene measures, mask wear and ultimately altering our daily lives. We are all ready to reduce the virus' impact,” he said. “A significant amount of resources went into developing, testing and fielding a safe vaccine in record time. Receiving the vaccination is the next step in fighting the pandemic, and I want to ensure I do what I can to protect Team Nellis and our local community.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dwane R. Young)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Col. Todd Dyer, 99th Air Base Wing commander, and members of Nellis’ leadership received their COVID-19 vaccines following the recommendations of medical professionals across the U.S while also considering the safety of the installation.

“I interact daily with numerous people across the installation and in our community, and I want to protect them, my family and my teammates,” said Dyer. “I want us to get back to normal, and every vaccination contributes to our ability to defeat this threat.”

Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center personnel are administering the vaccine using the Department of Defense’s phased approach, which ensures first responders, mission-essential personnel, deploying forces and individuals with serious illnesses are among the first to receive the vaccine.

“I recommend getting the vaccine, because I personally feel that the vaccines’ trials, safety, effectiveness and overall benefit all greatly outweigh any risk involved,” said Dyer. “Our nation’s healthcare professionals have been working tirelessly in the fight against the pandemic, and we owe it to them to look beyond ourselves and consider the greater good.”

Chief Master Sgt. Alex Morgan III, 99th Air Base Wing command chief, also received his COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 5, 2021.

“We all spent the past 10 months fighting the pandemic using physical distancing, hygiene measures, mask wear and ultimately altering our daily lives. We are all ready to reduce the virus' impact,” he said. “A significant amount of resources went into developing, testing and fielding a safe vaccine in record time. Receiving the vaccination is the next step in fighting the pandemic, and I want to ensure I do what I can to protect Team Nellis and our local community.”

For more information about the rollout of vaccinations across the Department of Defense, visit: defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Vaccine-Availability.

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