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SEC site closes, COVID-19 vax returns to EACH

By Emily Klinkenborg | U.S. Army Medical Department Activity-Fort Carson Public Affairs Office

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center (SEC) will close its doors after 4 p.m. July 23, 2021, as the Fort Carson COVID-19 vaccination site.

Starting Monday, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines will be administered in the Soldier Family Care Center (SFCC) building at Evans Army Community Hospital (EACH).

“As the (COVID-19) vaccine supply has increased and we have vaccinated a large portion of our population, EACH no longer requires a large venue like the SEC to support our vaccination efforts,” said Maj. Theresa Suggs, COVID-19 vaccination site chief, EACH. “EACH can now support those beneficiaries who desire COVID-19 vaccinations within the hospital footprint.”

COVID-19 vaccinations were previously conducted at EACH before the SEC was established as the Fort Carson COVID-19 vaccination site Jan. 25, 2021.

The opening of the SEC site was a combined effort to ensure warfighters and TRICARE beneficiaries had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as efficiently and safely as possible in accordance with the DOD distribution plan.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at EACH Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for TRICARE beneficiaries. Beneficiaries must first check in at room 1400 near the SFCC Pharmacy located on the east side of the hospital. Appointments are not needed to receive the vaccine at EACH as walk-ins are preferred.

The Fort Carson Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) center will also offer the vaccine to Soldiers who are in-processing or out-processing. The SRP is accepting walk-ins Monday-Friday from 1-2:30 p.m. for all beneficiaries who want to receive the vaccine.

EACH will continue COVID-19 symptomatic and asymptomatic operations at the SFCC in the Centralized Screening and Testing Center (CSTC), room 1200, but the hours of operation are scheduled to change.

Beneficiaries who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can visit the CSTC for testing Monday-Friday from 6:45-9:45 a.m., while asymptomatic testing, to include official travel requests, will be reserved from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CSTC.

“Thank you to all our Fort Carson, Colorado, beneficiaries who came to the SEC for vaccinations and all the positive feedback we received from them,” said Suggs. “To all the Soldiers and (Department of the Army) civilian personnel who came together to accomplish this extraordinary task, thank you for all the hard work in making this mission a great success.”

For any questions, contact the COVID-19 Patient Advice Line Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 719-524-2684.

SEC site closes, COVID-19 vax returns to EACH
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