COVID-19 Vaccination guidance and resources for September 2021 UTA
PFIZER (1ST-DOSE) AND JANSSEN (SINGLE-DOSE) VACCINATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE IL STATE HEALTH DEPT ON SUNDAY, 12 SEPT 2021 FROM 1200-1600 AT BLDG 5010, AND AGAIN DURING THE OCT UTA.
ADDITIONAL VACCINATION OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO YOU:
If you have already received your vaccine, you are required to provide a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination card to the 932 AMDS in order to update your IMR in ASIMS.
EXEMPTIONS: ALL EXEMPTIONS START WITH YOUR UNIT COMMANDER
Please direct any questions to the 932 AMDS org box: email@example.com.
Team 932 AW,
The mandatory mandate for vaccinations has been issued by the Secretary of Defense. Memorandum can be found here: Memorandum for Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members Below is a message from your AMDS team with more information for your consideration.
Thank you for your continued service.
GLENN COLLINS, Colonel, USAF
Commander, 932d Airlift Wing
Dear 932d Wing Members,
As you have seen through several media platforms, the SECDEF has published guidance making the COVID vaccine mandatory for service members. (SECDEF, 24 Aug 2021)
In preparation for compliance with this directive, we ask that you ensure the 932nd AMDS has proof of vaccination. You may login to MyIMR through the AF Portal to verify your COVID vaccine status is updated. If you have been vaccinated and need to get proof to AMDS, email a copy of your COVID vaccine card to firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage those who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated within your community, unless you have a medical or religious reason that would inhibit such. At this time, we are unaware of exemptions that will apply to this mandate, but anticipate this requirement to align with other mandatory vaccines and IMR requirements.
There are several benefits to receiving a COVID vaccine in your community, including the option to choose based on manufacturer. The vaccine is FREE to all. Many community pharmacies around the country have vaccines available on a walk-in, or scheduled basis. Often, information on which vaccine is offered at a specific location is available online. Additionally, obtaining a vaccine in the community allows you to choose the timing of vaccination based on your needs/schedule. This is important for those who may produce a strong immune response resulting in uncomfortable side effects in the hours to follow.
The CDC, along with many professional medical organizations, recommend vaccination for all those eligible, regardless of previous COVID infection. All vaccines available in the United States have proven to be highly effective against COVID-19 resulting in severe disease, requiring hospitalization, and/or death. If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, and have not discussed these with a healthcare professional, we encourage you to do so. Attached, you will find answers to frequently asked questions regarding the COVID vaccine (AFMS Vaccine Hesitancy Working Group, 2 Aug 2021).
Of note, we are approaching Influenza season, and the requirement to obtain a Flu vaccine. The COVID vaccine cannot be given within 2 weeks of any other vaccine. Please plan accordingly to prevent overlap of these requirements.
We will provide additional information, such as exemptions, vaccine supply, and availability during UTA weekend when it is known.
The 932d AMDS ART Staff
Scott AFB, IL
932 AMDS Org Box: email@example.com
932 AMDS EIM: https://eim2.amc.af.mil/org/932amf/default.aspx
Check your IMR status: https://imr.afms.mil/imr/MyImr.aspx
Mandatory Vaccine Updates for Military Members: On Aug. 23, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine received full FDA approval, and today, Aug. 25, the Secretary of Defense mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all AD/Ready Reserves/National Guard members. Mandatory vaccination will only use COVID-19 vaccines that receive full licensure from the FDA. However, service members who are already immunized with any COVID-19 vaccine under Emergency Use Authorization are considered fully vaccinated.
Service members who still need to get vaccinated have the following options:
1. Receive the Pfizer, Moderna or Janssen (J&J) vaccine in the community. Go to www.vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to schedule an appointment. Be sure to drop off a copy of your vaccination card at the 375th Immunizations Clinic, or email a picture of the card to firstname.lastname@example.org to update your medical record.
2. Schedule an appointment to receive the Moderna vaccine at Scott AFB at https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/. The Moderna or Janssen vaccines cannot be mandated at this time, but will fulfill the requirement.
3. Scott AFB will be receiving a shipment of the Pfizer vaccine in the coming weeks in order to meet this mandate. Stay tuned for updates and scheduling options.
4. Medical and non-medical exemptions will be addressed according to Department of AF/Defense Health Agency/CDC guidance.
The following personnel are eligible for a COVID vaccine from the 375th Medical Group: Service Members: Active, Guard and Reserve, regardless of duty status or location, Beneficiaries: Dependents and Retirees, DoD Employees: Civilians and Contractors employed on Scott AFB or at another DoD-entity
Eligible personnel and beneficiaries may book an appointment through the following website: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX. Appointments will be made available as supply permits, so check back frequently.
Vaccines are administered in Building 1529 (attached to and accessible from the Medical Group). Look for signs as you approach the clinic on W. Losey St.
We currently only offer the MODERNA vaccine. It is a two-shot series, with the second dose administered 28 days after the first dose. It is only approved for adults aged 18 and over. You may review the MODERNA Fact Sheet here: https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/eua-fact-sheet-recipients.pdf
You may review, complete and print the DHA Screening Form needed at your appointment here: https://www.health.mil/Reference-Center/Forms/2021/03/25/DHA-Form-207-COVID-19-Vaccine-Screening-and-Immunization-Document. Forms are available on site if you cannot complete in advance. Please bring your DoD ID card.
If there are no appointments available: The state has opened up vaccinations to anyone over 16 years old living or working in St. Clair County. To register for your free COVID vaccination, contact St. Clair County at the web address http://co.st-clair.il.us/departments/health-department/covid-19-information/vaccination-screen or phone (618) 825-4447/(618) 509-6010. Service members and beneficiaries should bring a copy of their vaccination record to the Immunizations Clinic or send an encrypted copy to email@example.com to update their medical record.
Questions may be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a list of common questions about the vaccine distribution at Scott AFB. For other questions, please see the DoD Q&A sheet and the DoD Vaccine Priority Schema located on www.scott.af.mil/coronavirus. Also please be sure to follow the Scott AFB Clinic for updates as well.
1) Can I reschedule my COVID vaccine #2 appointment?
Yes. Please cancel your original appointment and schedule a new appointment here: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX. Note that second doses should be administered 28 days after your first dose, but can be administered no earlier than 24 days, and recommended by 42 days.
2) Can I come in to get my COVID vaccine #2 prior to 28 days?
The CDC recommends that the second dose be administered no earlier than 24 days and no later than 42 days after the first dose. The optimal time between doses is 28 days. Please schedule your appointment here: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX.
3) If I received my first COVID vaccine shot (Moderna) somewhere else, can I schedule my COVID vaccine #2 at the MTF?
4) If I received the Pfizer vaccine off-base, can I schedule my second dose at the MTF?
Currently Scott AFB only has the Moderna vaccine. Both doses must be from the same manufacturer. You should schedule your second dose at a site that administers the Pfizer vaccine.
5) Do I need a referral to receive the COVID vaccine off-base?
6) Do I have to get the vaccine?
The vaccine is currently recommended, but optional for all beneficiaries. You have the right to decline vaccination.
7) I’m scheduled to get my shot but I lost the reporting instructions. What do I do?
Come to the front entrance of the clinic and you will be directed where to go. You may also look for signs as you approach the clinic on W. Losey St.
8) I was vaccinated and now I am experiencing symptoms. What do I do?
Expected side effects to the vaccine include pain and redness at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever. Not everyone will experience these side effects. If you experience these side effects, you may opt to treat at home with as needed Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil). Symptoms are expected to resolve within a few days.
If you experience urgent/emergent symptoms please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room. For any other symptoms, persistent side effects or new concerns, please contact your healthcare provider. MTF beneficiaries may call the clinic directly at (618) 256-9355 or via TRICARE Online (TOL) Secure Messaging (www.tolsecuremessagingcom). You can also contact the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-874-2273 or https://mhsnurseadviceline.com, available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. To book an appointment in a primary care clinic, please call (618) 256-9355 or visit TOL at www.tricareonline.com.
JULY 28, 2021: In accordance with Deputy Secretary of Defense Guidance released today, 28 July 2021, all Service members, Federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask in an indoor setting while on Scott AFB. This policy applies for as long as the local community transmission rates range in the high or substantial categories as depicted on the CDC COVID Data Tracker website found at : https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/. I ask all commanders and facility managers to post signs to relay this new information.
Individuals may remove their masks for eating, drinking, and for the purposes of identification. Additionally, on base residences, to include Airmen dorms and individual rooms at the Scott Inn, are exempt from this requirement. All installation functions and services will continue operations in accordance with this guidance.
If you experience these symptoms, DO NOT COME TO THE CLINIC. Call the Nurse Advice Line immediately at (800) 874-2273, or the SAFB Med Clinic at 618-256-9355 (Option 1, 1, 1). For general questions about COVID, visit www.cdc.gov/coronovirus/ for more information or Team Scott's Public Heath office if it pertains to military/installation issues.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
- Don't touch your face
- Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow
- Stay home if you are sick
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
COVID Vaccine Education video.
You can also find it on the AF Portal, top left corner and it needs to be viewed in Chrome or Edge (not Internet Explorer).
Wear this, not that: proper mask to don
Airmen will adhere to five elements of military professional standards when wearing cloth face covers in uniform: neatness, cleanliness, safety, uniformity, and military image. Commanders will ensure face coverings worn by uniformed military members are conservative, professional, and in keeping with dignity and respect. Once standardized covers are available we will cease wearing personally procured masks in uniform, but in the meantime remember that you should continue to represent your service in a positive manner. (Courtesy graphic)
8 February 2021
MEMORANDUM FOR INDIVIDUALS ON SCOTT AFB FROM: 375 AMW/CC
SUBJECT: Installation Use of Mask and Other Public Health Measures
Reference: OSD, “Use of Masks and Other Public Health Measures,” 4 February 2021
1. Per Secretary of Defense Guidance Memorandum and in accordance with Executive Order 13991,
“Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing,” 20 January 2021, effective
immediately, all individuals on military installations and all individual’s performing official
duties on behalf of the Department from any location other than the individual’s home, including
outdoor shared spaces, will wear masks in accordance with the most current CDC guidelines.
Individuals must wear masks continuously while on military installations except: (1) when an
individual is alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls with a closed door; (2) for brief
periods of time when eating and drinking while maintaining distance in accordance with CDC
guidelines and instructions from commanders and supervisors; (3) when the mask is required to be
lowered briefly for identification or security purposes; and (4) when necessary to reasonably
accommodate an individual with a disability.
2. Recreational activities and/or exercising outdoors by oneself, or with members of one’s
immediate household, may be done without wearing a mask. If participating in outdoor activities
with members outside your household, CDC guidance must be strictly adhered to.
J. SCOT HEATHMAN, Colonel, USAF
UPDATE: 22 January 2021
Vaccine news from 22nd Air Force:
DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Personnel from the 22nd Air Force received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination here Friday. Reservists, civilian employees and contractors received the vaccine, which is being distributed using the Department of Defense’s phased approach and administered by medical professionals from the 94th Airlift Wing.
Maj. Gen. John Healy, 22nd AF commander, and Chief Master Sergeant Imelda Johnson, 22nd AF command chief, were among those of the full-time force here who received the vaccine, following medical personnel, first responders, security forces and other prioritized personnel based upon the DOD COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration plan.
“Protecting our airmen and their families is what this vaccine is all about.” said Healy “We need to continue to get this vaccine in as many arms as quickly as we can to ensure we are always ready.”
While the vaccine is currently voluntary for military members, personnel are highly encouraged to take the vaccine to protect their health, families, community and lower the public health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our service members and their families positively affects our ability to continue our mission,” said Johnson.
Many Reserve Citizen Airmen, including medical and other front-line workers have started receiving their vaccine through civilian channels. Vaccine availability for Reservists is expected to increase in the months ahead.
“All COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be safe and highly effective at preventing COVID-19,” said Lt. Col. Jessica Dees, Air Force Reserve Command’s public health officer. “Stopping a pandemic requires all the tools we have available, including receiving the vaccination. Vaccines work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed.”
Reservists who are vaccinated in their civilian capacities should provide documentation to their servicing medial unit to update in Aeromedical Services Information Management System, the Air Force immunization database.
For the most up-to-date information on the vaccine for Reservists, go to https://www.afrc.af.mil/COVID-19/
Local 375th MDG Mental Health Tips
Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
375th Mental Health office COVID-19 advice
Electronic fact sheets/guidance
Managing Stress and Anxiety (includes a portion for medics)
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease
Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak, by the WHO, (includes a portion for medics)
COVID Mental Health Tips
MFLC Resources: Telephonic/Video and Face to Face Counseling Sessions are now available from local Adult and Child & Youth Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) for all uniformed personnel and their family members. Appointments are scheduled directly with MFLCs.
SCOTT AFB ADULT AND CHILD & YOUTH MILITARY FAMILY LIFE COUNSELORS (MFLCs)
ASSIGNED AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY
Child Development Center
Adult Military Family Life Counselor
Mental health resources: The following are resources for supervisors as you focus on the well-being of your teams. Due to COVID situation, Mental Health is not able to provide routine care, but have several resources you can turn to:
For non-crisis care:
• Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647 for family members
• If you are Active Duty, GS employee, or CTR who continues to report for duty and need focused assistance related to current stressors, please call us at 618-256-7386 during duty hours (0700-1630)
For crisis care:
• Call 911 or go to the ER/ED at a local hospital
• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 1-800-273-8255
• Active Duty please contact the Mental Health Clinic at 256-7386 during duty hours
(7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Our host base announced the first positive COVID-19 case last night. A Department of Defense civilian employed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently at home recovering, in accordance with CDC and physician recommendations.
The member had been in a telework status from home since March 18 and was not symptomatic at that time. The individual received the test on March 26, which was confirmed on March 31.
This is a non-travel related case. Also per guidance, the base will not be publicly releasing any further positive cases, as that will be done at the Air Force service level.
In accordance with state reporting guidelines, the base will continue to provide any numbers to the St. Clair County Health Department.
If there are questions and to help reduce rumors, please work within your chain of command for updates as the 375th installation commander will continue to keep senior leaders apprised of the conditions at Scott Air Force Base.
What does this mean for us at the 932nd Airlift Wing? We are still practicing maximum social distancing while meeting our readiness priorities.
The base is in Health Protection Charlie (HPCON Charlie) right now, and as part of the 932nd COVID-19 Execution Order, Airman are discouraged from coming to the base unless they are directed by their chain of command to accomplish specific tasks required for missions and readiness.
Safety of our Airmen is top priority.
Whether training or operational, commanders at all levels are provided broad discretion to ensure we are postured to answer the call and stay ready.
Colonel Cruff, Command Chief Gilmore and I remind you all to be safe in your communities, and use resources through our Airman and Family Readiness office.
Please continue to stay in contact with your fellow Airmen.
We will update information through your chain of command, and our official webpage at: https://www.932aw.afrc.af.mil/ along with Facebook where appropriate.
Stay in contact with your supervisor on latest procedures and schedule updates for your work area.
We look forward to getting through this challenge as a team of strong Airmen looking out for each other and protecting the nation.
Take care of yourselves, your family and your Airmen.
Thanks for all you do.
932nd Airlift Wing Commander,
Colonel Glenn Collins
New office hours in 932nd Headquarter Building 3650
from the Mission Support Group:
Work-Center Phone Telework In Office Programs Managed in Office
Customer Support: 229-7531 M/W/F T/TH; 0800 –11:00 ID Card issuance
Enlisted Promotions & DD Form 214
Awards & Decs & Evaluations
Education and Training: 229-7070 M/W/TH/F T (based on appts) PME/CDC Testing
Force Management: 229-7505 M/T/W/TH/F T/TH (as needed) 1288s/3920s/2096s/Accessions (Package routing)
Readiness: 229-7516 M/W/F T/TH (as needed) Deployments/ALL CD Programs
Career Development: 229-7516 M/W/F T/TH (as needed) ALL CD programs
Airman & Family
Readiness: 229-7556 M/T/W/TH/F (as needed)??? Members In-processing from basic/tech school
Transition, Financial Readiness, Key Spouse, Relocation, Employment, Deployment, EFMP, Newcomers, Information & Referral
Sustainment Services: 229-7399 M/W/F T/TH IGEMs, Readiness, Lodging, Fitness, DFAC (keep Active Duty abreast of current LIMFACs)
Workcenter/MailCenter: 229-7332/7330 (as needed) 0800 – 1400 ALL Comm Flight programs
Wing Career Advisor: 229-4987 M/T/W/TH/F (as needed) Extensions
FSS Superintendent: 229-7503 M/T/W/TH/F T/TH (as needed) Supervisory Oversight/Officer
Manager for DEERs/IGEMs-
MICT/DD Form 214/Pull
Monthly Reports/Assist work-centers
as needed w/ program
management/Attend WG Staff
Mtgs/Facilitate FSS Weekly
Mtgs/Roll Calls/Wingmen Cks
Manager: 229-7649 M/T/W/TH/F Readiness Reporting/ALL PSM
programs/IPR as needed
For those teleworking, here are some tools that will come in handy:
-Outlook Web Access (OWA) – provides limited access to email from the web (may not be able
to access encrypted email). All you need to access OWA is a browser and CAC.
-AFRC Sharepoint – accessible from external connection via CAC authentication.
-Desktop Anywhere – can be installed on any computer (PC or Mac/Personal or Government).
Virtual Private Network (VPN) – can be used if the employee has a government issued laptop.
HPCON BRAVO: High morbidity epidemic or contamination. Substantial HPCON measures: Social distance (limit: meetings, socials, TDYs); shelter-in-place indoors; or, if directed, don respirators; mass distribution of medical countermeasures, if applicable.
932 AW COVID-19 Risk Assessment Questionnaire
This real-time risk management assessment must be accomplished prior to any 932nd Airlift Wing member before reporting for in-person duty in any status to include UTA’s during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before departing for a UTA or reporting in any status, please ask yourself the following questions:
In the past 14 days, have you travelled to or from an affected geographic area defined as CDC Travel Health Level 2 or 3 (aircrew that have transited affected areas with limited exposure to the local population should respond “No”)?
In the past 14 days, have you been in close contact (within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
In the past 14 days, have you been in close contact with a person who exhibited a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath?
Do you currently have fever (defined as temperature ≥100.4 ◦F) or symptoms of new onset cough/shortness of breath (respiratory infection)??
Question 5: Do you currently have a COVID-19 test pending result?
If you answer “YES” to any of the above questions, do not report to work and immediately contact your supervisor. Supervisors will work with their Unit Health Monitors (UHM’s) and contact 932 AMDS for further guidance. Airmen may additionally be asked these questions and temperature checked when reporting for duty before being allowed to proceed to work stations.
IAW OSHA and CDC recommendations, face coverings will be worn in 932 AW facilities at all times when not able to maintain six feet of physical distancing from person to person. Airmen should bring a mask with them when reporting for duty in case they are not available at their work centers.
Daily Exercise = Enhanced Immune System
By Master Sgt. Joe Klimaski
932nd AW Occupational Safety Manager
While COVID-19 has unfortunately placed a stranglehold on us as a country, there are many recommendations out there on general hygiene and cleaning/disinfecting to reduce the risk of exposure. With these recommendations, another vitally important counter measure we should all being taking is exercising daily to keep our immune systems enhanced. Since many of us are teleworking and are regrettably relegated to our homes for an indefinite period of time, finding time for daily exercise is an absolute necessity. The World Health Organization recommends up to 300 minutes per week of physical activity, and research unarguably indicates that exercise directly boosts the immune system and enhances the body’s ability to fight off free-radicals and foreign pathogens. Consequently, exercise allows the immune system to better handle bacteria and viruses that attempt to attack cells. Although you may not be able to completely control exposure to COVID-19, daily exercise may very well be the equalizer and is essential to keep your immune system heightened to allow the body to combat a very invasive disease. Whether it be taking 45 minutes to complete a calisthenics circuit in your basement or going on a quick 5K run, finding time for exercise each day is unquestionably one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy.
Coronavirus Disease 2019
What is the Government Doing?
DOD TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
FAQ Travel Restrictions
Updated Stop Movement Guidance
Force Health Protection Guidance
TEAM SCOTT MEMORANDUMS
Civilian Supervisor Guidance
Basic Medical Recommendations For Supervisors
Childcare Services Support for Mission Critical Personnel
Mission Command Guidance - 16 March 2020
Public Health Emergency Declaration
Scott Housing Memo from Hunt Communities
Housing Guidelines for Isolation of Personnel
Press Release - 18 March 2020 - HPCON BRAVO
Local Leave Memo
Traffic Management Advisory - 20 March 2020
Hardship Duty Pay
GTC Credit Limit Increase Form