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Leaders at Nellis Air Force Base receive COVID-19 vaccinations

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Jan 06, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The 99th Air Base Wing commander Col. Todd Dyer and members of Nellis Air Force base leadership have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the base reports.

“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.

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“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 on Jan. 5.

“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.”