Newport Naval Base vaccinating sailors, veterans and families

NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) — Most sailors stationed at the Naval Base in Newport have been fully vaccinated thanks to a vaccine clinic situated right on base that’s being run by the Navy.

The clinic is set up at the Officer’s Club on base and has been vaccinating sailors, veterans, military families, and Guard and Reserve soldiers since December.

“Our goal is to maximize our efforts and give back to our beneficiaries and active-duty military to make sure that they’re all taken care of,” said German Rossete, a Hospital Corpsman Second Class.

The base offers both Pfizer and Moderna shots and gives each based on a patients age.

Aside from convenience, the Navy says there are added benefits to getting vaccinated on base.

“We can make sure it’s documented in your medical record and make sure you have the documentation to show that,” said Captain Gordon Blighton, a Commanding Officer.

“Even if you’ve already gotten your first dose somewhere else, we’re happy to get you your second dose as well,” Captain Blighton continued.

The Navy says they’ve vaccinated more than 30,000 sailors and their family members between the site at Newport’s Naval Base and three other bases across New England.

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