DVIDS – News – Navy medicine staff cite stellar COVID vaccine teamwork



The concept, implementation and achievement of teamwork was recognized on May 13, 2021.

Not in an arena, stadium or playground.

The reconnaissance took place at a COVID-19 mass vaccination site coordinated by Marine Medicine.

Rear Adm. James A. Aiken, commander of Carrier Strike Group Three, presented the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Commendation to several personnel from Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command (NMRTC) `Bremerton for their vaccination efforts COVID-19 in the third largest fleet area of ​​concentration.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class James A. Gibbens was cited for Meritorious Service from December 2020 through May 2021, ensuring that the COVID19 vaccine inventory totaling 42,000 doses was properly managed in accordance with strict guidelines, which included training eight non-commissioned officers on the proper handling of Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, He also coordinated mass vaccines for the crew members of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68), provided on-site expertise in vaccine management, flow of patients and site selection, which set the standard for shipboard vaccination.

Reports of a steady increase in the number of beneficiaries eligible for vaccination have been good news for Navy officials. Yet what was also equally appreciated was the coordination, collaboration and cooperation behind the scenes to administer the vaccine.

“You came together as a team. What you do and have done is greater than yourself. This (mass vaccination) wouldn’t work unless each of you did your part. I applaud your efforts and your drive. For what you have accomplished, I am grateful to you, ”said Aiken.

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew G. Case was recognized for his contributions as the Public Health Emergency Officer from December 2020 to May 2021. During this time, the Medical Officer oversaw the success of the COVID vaccination effort -19 for the entire Kitsap Peninsula, providing over 34,000 vaccines to 8,100 active duty, 12,000 eligible beneficiaries, civilians and contract employees for the Northwest Navy region.

It was also noted that he had provided technical assistance to the Third Carrier Strike Group to ensure that the vaccine delivery plan was in line with Defense Health Agency guidelines. In addition, Case oversaw the logistics management of more than 42,000 vaccines and the redistribution of several thousand vaccine doses to outlying clinics.

“What most don’t know is how much overtime I put into her, whether it’s counting the injections and doses each late night or coming up with ideas on how best to administer the vaccine. Lt. Cmdr. Case has been flexible and innovative, ”said Captain Jeffrey H. Feinberg, Executive Director of NHB / NMRTC Bremerton.

Aiken claimed that the singular actions of Case, Gibbens and others were essential to a successful team effort and were one of the main reasons “ we have been successful in our efforts ” to eradicate the virus since the vaccine was first offered to eligible beneficiaries in the Pacific Northwest on December 23, 2020.

“Whether someone is 75 and over, a family member or on active duty, the courtesy and respect shown to everyone by the mass immunization team has been very well received and professional,” said Aiken. “Retirees came to see me after getting vaccinated on a Saturday morning in January and said ‘thank you’. Not just for receiving the photo that day, but for being personally contacted in advance and taking the time to explain and respond to all questions and concerns. ”

Date taken: 05/13/2021
Date posted: 05/17/2021 6:04 PM
Story ID: 396624
Location: BREMERTON, WA, United States

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