FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (June 22, 2021) General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital leaders have partnered with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to offer a new, convenient location to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
Located inside the Post Exchange, the clinic — which opened Tuesday — is adjacent to the satellite pharmacy and next to the barber shop. It is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“The reason behind having a location here is more accessibility,” said Capt. Kyung Zimmerman, chief of Clinical Operations and project officer for the new clinic. “So, if you’re shopping at the PX, getting a haircut or picking up your pharmacy refill, it’s right there. You don’t have to go to the hospital just to get the shot.”
Beth Pritchard, Exchange general manager here, assisted the GLWACH staff in securing and advertising the new location.
“The process was really quite simple,” Pritchard said. “GLWACH contacted the garrison office with a request for space in an AAFES facility. The garrison office contacted us and we very quickly committed to making this happen. The storefront offered for the vaccination clinic was vacant, so it was really a simple decision to repurpose it in support of a joint public health effort.”
Zimmerman said she is very appreciative for AAFES’ support, and indicated GLWACH is planning to keep the clinic open until the end of August, depending on the demand and usage of the location.
All service members, Tricare beneficiaries, and current Department of Defense employees and contractors may receive the vaccine at the PX.
“It’s just fantastic,” Pritchard said. “The AAFES mission is all about service to our military community, and we have continued to serve throughout the pandemic. It really is a privilege to now partner with GLWACH by providing a safe, convenient location for our community to be vaccinated. Every shot makes us all safer and stronger together.”
Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination should call the appointment line at 866.299.4234, or stop by the PX clinic.
Patients are asked to complete and bring the screening form to their appointment, which can be downloaded at https://leonard-wood.tricare.mil/…/144/Screening v9.pdf.
Patients should also bring their COVID-19 vaccination record card if available and wear a short sleeve or loose fitting shirt.
Visit the GLWACH Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GLWACH for updated information.
Vaccine safety information can be found at https://www.fda.gov/media/144413/download.
About Fort Leonard Wood
Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post more than 75 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains more than 80,000 military and civilians each year.
Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.
Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.
More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission