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FLU SHOTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL TRICARE BENEFICIARIES
The Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital is offering the influenza vaccine, by appointment, to all TRICARE Beneficiaries with no age restrictions.
Appointments are now available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Immunizations Clinic (Clinic C). Please call (760) 830-2654 to schedule your flu vaccine appointment.
FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE FOR TRICARE BENEFICIARIES 65 YEARS AND OLDER
Beginning Sept. 29, 2021, flu shots are available, by appointment only, for TRICARE beneficiaries 65 years and older. Please call the Immunizations Clinic, (760) 830-2654 to schedule your appointment. Appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If you would like to receive your flu vaccine sooner, you may visit a TRICARE network pharmacy at no cost.
More information to come regarding availability of flu vaccines for other age groups.
THE ROBERT E. BUSH NAVAL HOSPITAL IS NOW OFFERING A 3RD DOSE OF THE MODERNA VACCINE TO ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS WITH MODERATELY TO SEVERELY WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS
Who Needs an Additional Dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?
Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have
- Been receiving chemotherapy for active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
- Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
- Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency.
- Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
- Active continuous treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.
Talk to your clinical care team and specialist about the need to get an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine and the best timing of a 3rd dose based on your current treatment plan. This is especially important if you are about to start or restart immunosuppressive treatment. For those eligible beneficiaries with one of the above listed immunocompromising conditions, additional doses of the Moderna vaccine are available in Clinic D of the main hospital. To reach your clinical care team at the Naval Hospital, please call (760) 830-2752 or make an appointment using the DHA appointing portal at https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/ or by calling 760-830-2698. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For those immunocompromised individuals who have received an initial two doses of Pfizer, please use https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find the nearest civilian pharmacy or location to receive an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Currently, the CDC does not recommend additional doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for immunocompromised individuals who received an initial dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The CDC also does not currently recommend additional doses of the vaccine for other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, or diabetes.
For more information regarding the CDC recommendation for additional doses in immunocompromised individuals, please visit
CDC Information Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
Moderna Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download
Pfizer Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download
COVID-19 VACCINATIONS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL DOD BENEFICIARIES 18 YEARS OR OLDER
- TRICARE beneficiaries (Active Duty, AD Family Members, Retirees, Retiree Family Members)
- DoD civilian employees
- DoD contractors
- Reserve personnel
To schedule an appointment for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital please visit https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/ or call (760) 830-2698. Walk-ins are also welcome at the Naval Hospital Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you are interested in receiving the Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend using myturn.ca.gov to find locations in the local area.