News
 International
   Global Views
   Asia-Pacific
   America
   Europe
   Middle East & Africa
 National
 Embassy News
 Arts & Living
 Business
 Travel & Hotel
 Medical Tourism New
 Taekwondo
 Media
 Letters to Editor
 Photo Gallery
 News Media Link
 TV Schedule Link
 News English
 Life
 Hospitals & Clinics
 Flea Market
 Moving & Packaging
 Religious Service
 Korean Classes
 Korean Weather
 Housing
 Real Estate
 Home Stay
 Room Mate
 Job
 English Teaching
 Translation/Writing
 Job Offered/Wanted
 Business
 Hotel Lounge
 Foreign Exchanges
 Korean Stock
 Business Center
 PR & Ads
 Entertainment
 Arts & Performances
 Restaurants & Bars
 Tour & Travel
 Shopping Guide
 Community
 Foreign Missions
 Community Groups
 PenPal/Friendship
 Volunteers
 Foreign Workers
 Useful Services
 ST Banner Exchange
  Asia-Pacific
USS Ronald Reagan Begins the Second Round of COVID-19 Vaccinations
USS Ronald Reagan
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa, Japan — Sailors assigned to the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), began receiving the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccination on Feb. 2, 2021 on Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY).

The second round of shots follows Ronald Reagan’s initial vaccinations, which started on Jan. 7. The vaccines are provided to Sailors as soon as the shipments are received, with subsequent doses coming incrementally over the next several months.

Lt. Joe Vahaly, ship’s nurse and the on-site lead for Ronald Reagan’s vaccine distribution, emphasized how finishing the vaccinations for the crew is a milestone for the ship.

“Much like other ‘series’ vaccines, the initial vaccine will only immunize you up to 80 percent,” said Vahaly. “It’s the booster shot — the second vaccination — that takes you up to 95 percent immunity. This vaccine teaches your body how to fight COVID-19, and the second shot helps in that fight.”

The reactions to the second vaccination can be more severe than the initial shot, with common symptoms like fatigue, slight swelling at the injection sight, or a mild fever. The similarity of these symptoms to COVID-19 create a logistical obstacle for the Ronald Reagan medical team.

“We estimate around 80 percent of those who received the second dose will have (COVID-related) symptoms afterwards, compared to the 55 percent accompanying the first shot,” said Vahaly. “(Vaccine reactions] do mirror COVID-19 symptoms, so what you would call an ‘influenza-like-illness’ response is what you could experience with the vaccine. To mitigate this (calling away a medical response), we’re going to be talking with symptomatic individuals remotely, talking through when they got the vaccine, if any of the symptoms are different than a regular flu or cold, or if the symptoms persist more than 48 hours.”

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Airman Matthew Rolen received the second vaccination Feb. 3 and emphasized the importance of receiving the second vaccine.

“I’m glad for the second shot because I’m hoping to see the results of our steps, maybe see if it will change the way we move forward,” said Rolen. “On a personal note, I’ve had people back home pass away because of COVID-19. Some family has gotten it, and they’ve gone through some issues because of it. I might be young and healthy, but I might spread it to my grandparents or my uncle, and that’s on me. I recommend everyone get it.”

Chief Machinery Repairman Fransisco Barrera also received the second vaccination on Feb. 3, and explained why the vaccine was important to him and how COVID-19 has affected him.

“I tell people ‘you don’t really get it, until it happens to you,’” said Barrera. “You’re not going to feel it until it happens to you, and you’re going to feel it. That’s when I felt it, when I had my uncle die of COVID-19 a few months back. We might not see the [impact of the] vaccination right away, but we have to trust the scientists, and everyone who has devoted their lives to make this vaccine happen. Every day we live and serve, we’re making history, and right now everyone here (getting the shot) is making history.”

The vaccination efforts by Ronald Reagan have also extended to the CFAY waterfront as a whole, with other ships and crews being vaccinated by Ronald Reagan’s medical team.

“We’ve been vaccinating not just the ship, but the entire waterfront — and we’re happy to do so,” said Vahaly. “We’ve even vaccinated some ‘bubble ships,’ (meaning U.S. Navy ships currently COVID-19 free for operational purposes). This means we don our protective suits, N-95 masks and face shields, and have had personnel from clean ‘bubble ships’ come through, receive their vaccine, and return to the ship while staying COVID-19 free.”

As members of the crew receive the vaccine, masks and physical distancing continue to be necessary until the vaccine is proven to provide long-term protection. Global and national public health authorities are expected to continue to recommend wearing masks and practicing physical distancing, for everyone, until the risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced.

“It’s great being able to look at the medical world right now, during (the COVID-19 pandemic), and be able to say we vaccinated a majority of the crew,” said Vahaly. “There are more people on this ship than in my hometown. It’s absolutely amazing, and we did it all in a few weeks.”

Ronald Reagan, the flagship of Carrier Strike Group 5, provides a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interests of its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. The ship returned to Yokosuka in November 2020 following a six-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.



Related Articles
    US 7th Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Bill Merz ...
    USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Steams Off the ...
    USS Ronald Reagan’s Unprecedented Fight ...
    US Navy joins Australia, Japan, Republic of ...
    USS Ronald Reagan Visits Busan
    USS Reagan in S. Korea for Annual Drill


 

back

 

 

 

The Seoul Times Shinheungro 25-gil 2-6 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04337 (ZC)
Office: 82-10-6606-6188 Email:seoultimes@gmail.com
Copyrights 2000 The Seoul Times Company  ST Banner Exchange