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Team Goodfellow vaccinates against COVID-19

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Roy Loque, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, readies a COVID-19 vaccination at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions, and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Force’s distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Roy Loque, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron commander, readies a COVID-19 vaccination at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions, and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Force’s distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron January, 17th Security Force Squadron flight sergeant, rolls up his sleeve for Senior Airman Marckus Humphries, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron aerospace medical technician, to prepare his shoulder for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions, and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Force’s distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron January, 17th Security Force Squadron flight sergeant, rolls up his sleeve for Senior Airman Marckus Humphries, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron aerospace medical technician, to prepare his shoulder for the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions, and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Force’s distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dianna Karas, 17th Healthcare Operations Squadron family health flight chief, reconstitutes the COVID-19 vaccine in preparation for the immunization clinic hosted at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. The vaccine is authorized for emergency use but is voluntary until the Food and Drug Administration fully approves it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dianna Karas, 17th Healthcare Operations Squadron family health flight chief, reconstitutes the COVID-19 vaccine in preparation for the immunization clinic hosted at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. The vaccine is authorized for emergency use but is voluntary until the Food and Drug Administration fully approves it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

Members of the 17th Medical Group organize the Mathis Fitness Center to host the first COVID-19 immunization clinic on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. The 17th MDG managed the program to ensure the maximum number of priority group volunteers were vaccinated safely and efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

Members of the 17th Medical Group organize the Mathis Fitness Center to host the first COVID-19 immunization clinic on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. The 17th MDG managed the program to ensure the maximum number of priority group volunteers were vaccinated safely and efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marckus Humphries, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron aerospace medical technician, administers a COVID-19 vaccination to Airman 1st Class Brandon Krogman, 17th Security Force Squadron defender, at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions, and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Force’s distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Marckus Humphries, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron aerospace medical technician, administers a COVID-19 vaccination to Airman 1st Class Brandon Krogman, 17th Security Force Squadron defender, at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions, and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Force’s distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Cynthia Ennis, 17th Medical Group command staff healthcare integrator, administers the first COVID-19 vaccine to Airman 1st Class Earl Newton, 17th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, at the immunization clinic inside the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Newton volunteered for the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, which were distributed to Goodfellow personnel based on a predetermined priority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Cynthia Ennis, 17th Medical Group command staff healthcare integrator, administers the first COVID-19 vaccine to Airman 1st Class Earl Newton, 17th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, at the immunization clinic inside the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Newton volunteered for the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, which were distributed to Goodfellow personnel based on a predetermined priority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Earl Newton, 17th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, registers for his COVID-19 vaccine at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Newton was Goodfellow’s first member to receive the vaccine at the immunization clinic. Note: this photo has been edited to blur out medical information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Earl Newton, 17th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, registers for his COVID-19 vaccine at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 20, 2021. Newton was Goodfellow’s first member to receive the vaccine at the immunization clinic. Note: this photo has been edited to blur out medical information. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

A medical technician with the 17th Medical Group, applies a band aide to U.S. Air Force Col. James Finlayson, 17th Training Wing vice commander, after administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 22,2021. On Jan. 20, Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions and those who are considered high risk, first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Forces distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A medical technician with the 17th Medical Group, applies a band aide to U.S. Air Force Col. James Finlayson, 17th Training Wing vice commander, after administering the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 22,2021. On Jan. 20, Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions and those who are considered high risk, first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Forces distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Benjamin Loera, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron medical technician for active duty, applies a band aide to Chief Master Sgt. Casy Boomershine’s, 17th Training Wing command chief, arm after administering the COVID-19 vaccine at Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 22, 2021. On Jan. 20, Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Forces distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Benjamin Loera, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron medical technician for active duty, applies a band aide to Chief Master Sgt. Casy Boomershine’s, 17th Training Wing command chief, arm after administering the COVID-19 vaccine at Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 22, 2021. On Jan. 20, Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Forces distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Loera, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron medical technician for active duty, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 22, 2021. On Jan. 20, Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions and those who are considered high risk, first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Forces distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Benjamin Loera, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron medical technician for active duty, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 22, 2021. On Jan. 20, Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions and those who are considered high risk, first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Forces distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Casy Boomershine, 17th Training Wing command chief, watches as Airman 1st Class Benjamin Loera, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron medical technician for active duty, prepares her arm for the COIVD-19 vaccine at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 22, 2021. On Jan. 20, Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Forces distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Casy Boomershine, 17th Training Wing command chief, watches as Airman 1st Class Benjamin Loera, 17th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron medical technician for active duty, prepares her arm for the COIVD-19 vaccine at the Mathis Fitness Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 22, 2021. On Jan. 20, Team Goodfellow vaccinated its frontline and mission essential positions and those who are considered high risk first, in accordance with the Department of the Air Forces distribution plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Members of the 17th Security Forces Squadron were among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at the Mathis Fitness Center here, Jan. 20.

The defenders received the vaccination as part of the first immunization rollout to Goodfellow. In accordance with the Department of the Air Force distribution plan, the vaccine is administered first to those who work on the frontlines, maintain mission essential positions here, and those who are considered high risk.

“I’ve been trying to do all of the right things for the past year,” said Capt. Timothy Plourde, 17th Civil Engineer Squadron engineering flight chief. “Social distancing, wearing a mask all the time, I’ve had food delivered to my house for months. This was the light at the end of a very very long dark tunnel.”

Airman 1st Class Earl Newton, 17th SFS defender, was the first to receive the vaccine at the immunization clinic.

“It makes me feel special to be the Airman to help people decide if they want to get the vaccine,” said Newton.

The 17th Medical Group will continue to vaccinate more individuals as the vaccine is further distributed.

The vaccine is currently under emergency use authorization and is voluntary until the Food and Drug Administration fully approves it.