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COVID-19 Hotlines

Fort Drum MEDDAC Appointment Line:
(315) 772-2778

MHS Nurse Advice Line:
1-800-TRICARE (874-2273), option 1. 

Army Public Health Center Hotline:
Available 24/7

Fort Drum Quarantine and Isolation Assistance Line:
(315) 783-5828
Available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday

For information on Fort Drum's COVID-19 Standards of Conduct, click here.

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Our priority is to protect our Service members, Department of Defense (DOD) civilians and families to safeguard national security capabilities and support the whole-of-government response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The DOD has an independent but collaborative program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide COVID-19 vaccines to DOD uniformed service members. This includes active duty, Guard/Reserve, retirees, family members, civilian employees and selected DOD contract personnel. 

All eligible and authorized TRICARE beneficiaries can make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, as available, at a DOD vaccination site.

Fort Drum beneficiaries (including Martin's Point) can receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the Fort Drum MEDDAC.

  • Adults ages 18 & up can make an appointment to schedule their first or second dose COVID-19 vaccine online by going to
  • All beneficiaries ages 5 and up can make an appointment to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine (1st or 2nd dose, booster, or pediatric) by calling the MEDDAC appointment line at (315) 772-2778.

The vaccine itself is offered at no cost, but there may be a cost based on your plan for an office visit or if you require follow-on care. Wherever you eventually receive your vaccination, please remember you'll need to check availability before showing up. To find out more, please visit

COVID-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines currently available to all U.S. citizens and residents are Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, Pfizer-BioNTech-COMIRNATY®, and Moderna. These vaccines are safe and effective against COVID-19 and its variants.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all people 5 years and older.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children

Getting your children vaccinated can help protect them against COVID-19, as well as reduce disruptions to in-person learning and activities by helping curb community transmission. Vaccination also reduces risk of:

  • Severe disease
  • Hospitalizations
  • Long-term COVID-19 complications

The CDC recommends that children ages 12 to 15 receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and children ages 5 to 11 receive a pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series, 21-days apart. Each dose contains 10mg of the vaccine, which is one third the adult dose.

If you are unsure whether the vaccine it right for your children, we recommend you discuss your child’s medical conditions, including prior reaction to vaccines, with a medical provider.

Booster Dose

  • People age 18 years and older who received Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines should get a booster.
  • If you are 16-17 years old and received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as your primary vaccination series, you are now eligible to receive a booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine 6 months after completing your primary series.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit

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