Naval Academy seeks student vaccines for summer training | Government and Politics

Naval Academy seeks student vaccines for summer training |  Government and Politics

The Navy has had several small outbreaks on ships, both deployed and in home ports, and officials have tried to vaccinate crews to avoid increases in the virus. The USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier, experienced a massive outbreak early last year while at sea and was sidelined in Guam for weeks as the crew passed through a methodical quarantine process.

To meet training deadlines, Buck said an initial small group of students should start getting vaccinated by the last week of March, in order to get to their deployments in mid-May. This would give them time to receive both vaccines and two weeks to ensure that their immunity was fully effective.

Buck and Army and Air Force academies superintendents told lawmakers they have all started providing vaccines to their faculty and staff, based on priorities set by the CDC and the Department of Defense. But the Air Force and Army academies have yet to start preparations to give photos to the students.

Army Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, superintendent of the US Military Academy in West Point, New York, said about 4,000 staff and faculty have received the vaccine so far, about half . He said first responders and vulnerable people are given priority, as outlined in CDC and Pentagon guidelines.

He added that he is confident that students will want to receive the vaccine once it becomes available.

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