Memorandum No. 6
To combat the coronavirus pandemic, which has taken the lives of over two million people worldwide , I received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.
Based on clinical trials, the Pfizer vaccine is 95 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 illnesses, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). 
To complete inoculating, patients require two shots of the vaccine, administered in the muscle of the upper arm at 21 days apart.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to expedite the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine in Dec. 2020. 
Working alongside the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense (DOD) announced its distribution plan to vaccinate DOD personnel that same month. 
Earlier this month, The Washington Post reported a survey conducted by Blue Star Families (a support organization for service members and their spouses) revealed nearly half of soldiers are declining to take the vaccine. 
Of the responders, 58 percent have said they “prefer to wait to see if additional side effects arise in other people who take the vaccine before taking it themselves.”
I recognize disinformation is undermining the national effort to fight against the coronavirus. In the United States alone, almost half a million people have died from the disease. 
I am disclosing my vaccination experience, because I want to ensure confidence in the plan put forth by our leaders. I want to encourage you all, if the opportunity arises, to get vaccinated.