Five military installations selected for Phase III COVID-19 vaccine trials

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The Department of Defense selected five installations to participate in phase III COVID-19 vaccine trials. 

“The Department of Defense continues to play a key role in the development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine,” said Tom McCaffery, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. “Now that vaccines have passed the first phases of testing for safety, dosing, and response, we are ready to move into the next phase where volunteers are needed to join large clinical studies."

The vaccine candidate AZD1222, developed by AstraZeneca, will be administered to volunteers at:

  • Naval Medical Center San Diego (Site Code: NMSD)
  • Joint Base San Antonio Brooke Army Medical Center (Site Code: BAMC)
  • Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (San Antonio) (Site Code: WHASC)
  • Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD) (Site Code: WRMC)
  • Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (Fort Belvoir, VA) (Site Code FBCH)

In particular, the trials are seeking volunteer participants from high-risk demographics to participate including those:

  • Working in an essential job, such as healthcare professions, emergency response personnel, grocery workers, meat-packing plants, restaurant staff, public transit, etc.;
  • Living in densely populated residential environments;
  • Living or working in congregated living facilities such as correctional facilities or nursing homes;
  • Who are members of a community that has been hardest hit by this pandemic, such as older persons, persons with underlying health conditions, and racial/ethnic groups such as African Americans, Latino, and Native American populations.

Operation Warp Speed is a U.S. government interagency endeavor that is working to deliver 300 million doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19, officials said. Despite previous reports, OWS recently told NPR in an interview that an October or November vaccine was "extremely unlikely" -- but that ensuring states were prepared for the eventual vaccine was advantageous.

To volunteer for the trial at any of the five locations, go to, click on “Volunteer Now” and complete the survey. Once the survey is completed, local study site coordinators will contact Military Health System beneficiary volunteers in their area who may be a good match for the study. Be sure to enter the appropriate site code.


Reach Elizabeth Howe on Twitter @ECBHowe.
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