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RECENT UPDATE:

As of October 6, 2022, Scott AFB is under HPCON Alpha due to the current St. Clair County COVID-19 CDC Community Level being listed as “Low.” Masks are not currently required for indoor settings. Those with any questions or concerns should consult with their supervisors.

UPDATED POLICY MEMOS 
Scott AFB HPCON ALPHA Update (Oct. 22)
Scott AFB Mask Wear Policy Update (July 22)
HPCON B & Workplace Occupancy Memo (July 22)

 

Links to Air Force Reserve Command COVID-19 Vaccine information and FAQ:

AFRC COVID-19 Resource page

Vaccine COVID-19 FAQ from AFRC website

Updated Travel and Force Health Information

COVID-19 VACCINE: AIR FORCE RESERVE FAQ’s

 

Q1. Will AFRC accept military members prior to 2 Nov 21 (For AD) or 2 Dec 21 (AFR) deadline who are not COVID-19 vaccinated?

A1: All non-prior service accessions will be fully vaccinated prior to departing for training; for members being accessed from the IRR or members affiliating from active duty, they will be required to be fully vaccinated before being accessed.

Q2. Will AFR accept military members from active duty (e.g., Palace Chase/Palace Front or transfers) who are non-vaccinated, as they await the adjudication of their pending Religious Accommodation Request (RAR)?

A2: Active Duty Airmen with a pending RAR, will not be considered for transfer into the AFR until their RAR, and any resulting appeals, have been fully adjudicated by the member's current organizational chain-of-command. If members’ RAR is denied, they will be required to meet IMR requirements, to include COVID-19 vaccination in order to affiliate with the AFR.

Q3. Even if a Palace Chase (PC)/Palace Front (PF) member has an approved Religious Accommodation (RA) exemption from the AD Component is AFRC obligated to accept the member, and what is the command’s position on such if they have the option to deny assignment to AFR as a result? Does the new MAJCOM/CC get a say in another review?

A3: An AD RA exemption for COVID-19 vaccination is transferable to the AFR. PC/PF members with an approved AD RA exemption may be allowed to affiliate in the AFR since the approval requirements for RA are the same for both RegAF and AFR. AFR unit commanders will make the determination on whether or not to accept an Airman into their unit.

Q4:  I am an AGR not under AFRC/RE/ARPC and want to retire.  Active duty policy is allotting 20 days of permissive TDY in addition to terminal leave in order to retire.  Am I allowed to take the 20 days of permissive TDY if my AD supervisor grants it?

A4:  Member may take 20 days permissive TDY as long as it is prior to 2 Dec 21.  AGRs must be retired or on terminal leave by 2 Dec 2021, not in permissive TDY status.

Q5: Will a member who, prior to 3 Sep 21 (date of SecAF’s vaccination mandate memo), was approved for voluntary reassignment to the IRR, but who’s actual reassignment date to IRR will not occur until after 2 Dec 21, still be allowed to transfer to the IRR?

A5:  Members will go into a No Pay-No Points status as of 2 Dec 21 and their reassignment date will likely be curtailed to 2 Dec 21 as well.

Q6: Will members who were denied re-enlistment and whose separation date was established after 2 Dec 21 be allowed to separate without receiving the vaccine?

A6: Members denied reenlistment will go into a No Pay-No Points status as of 2 Dec 21 and their separation date will likely be curtailed to 2 Dec 21.

Q7: If a member is in a No Pay-No Points status, pending discharge, separation or involuntary reassignment to the IRR, which will not take effect until after 2 Dec 21, is the member required to be vaccinated?

A7: Members currently in a No Pay-No Points status, pending discharge, separation or involuntary reassignment to the IRR will likely have their discharge, separation or involuntary reassignment to the IRR date curtailed to 2 Dec 21.

Q8:  If I had a previous COVID positive test result, can I get an exemption from the vaccine shot in accordance with AFI 48-110, section 2-6, which states a medical exemption can be made with “Evidence of immunity based on serologic tests, documented infection, or similar circumstances.”?

A8: This AFI was written in 2018, before COVID-19 started and is intended for viruses with predictable behavior patterns and long histories of research.  Due to limited long-term knowledge of COVID-19, and in particular, the rapidly changing variants, the US medical community does not have definitive information on what level of antibodies is needed to provide protection or how long the antibodies remain in the body.  Doctors and medical researchers are confident that those who had a COVID-19 infection are better protected from re-infection after they have received the COVID vaccine.  Lastly, the Secretary of Defense’s 24 Aug 21 memo on vaccinations states, “Those with previous COVID-19 infection are not considered fully vaccinated”; this memo supersedes the 2018 guidance in AFI 48-110, section 2-6, for the COVID-19 virus.

Q9: Is a member undergoing an MEB exempt from the COVID vaccine?

A9: Undergoing an MEB is not an authorized exemption to the COVID vaccine.  If a member has a medical condition that would meet the criteria for an immunization specific medical exemption, then they need to provide the medical documentation regarding that allergy/condition that would preclude them from receiving the COVID vaccine.  Members undergoing MEB’s can still participate within the physical limitation of their condition. 

Q10: If I am involuntarily placed in Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) what benefits will I retain?

A10: Those Airmen involuntarily assigned to the IRR program who currently have a remaining military service obligation, an unexpired enlistment contract, or service commitment will remain in a non-participating status until expiration of their MSO or commitment (whichever is later), are eligible for certain entitlements associated with the IRR to include a green ID card, access to the BX, Commissary, MWR facilities (gym, lodging, etc.) and Space A travel. Members who are coming off active duty orders i.e., contingency orders, may qualify for 180 days of transitional medical care (TAMP) at the end of their tour.  All other members would lose medical benefits under Tricare Reserve Select; however, they may sign up for dental benefits if they have at least 12 months remaining on their MSO or service commitment.  Officers may continue to meet promotion boards but if selected for promotion, would need to meet IMR requirements and return to the SelRes in a position equal to the grade promoted to in order to affect the promotion.  Members may also be eligible to receive other benefits through the Department of Veteran Affairs to include either the Montgomery or Post 9-11 GI Bills for qualifying members. IRR members who do not meet IMR requirements will not be allowed to participate for pay or points towards a military retirement.

COVID Vaccine Education video.  

https://dvidshub.net/r/dn7sx2

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).

  • Q. Is the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for Air Force Reservists?

    A. Yes, all members of the Active and Reserve Components, including the National Guard, will be
    required to get the COVID-19 vaccine along with the list of other vaccines they are already required to
    receive as part of their individual medical readiness requirements. 

  • Q. If a person receives the vaccine from civilian provider (i.e. medical, first responder, etc.) what documentation do they need to bring in to certify receiving the vaccine?

    A. For members who get vaccinated off base, follow service policy guidance for recording the vaccine in your shot record; standard documentation (vaccine name or code, date received, series (dose 1 or 2), manufacturer & LOT number) should be provided to the MTF/RMU for capturing the vaccination in ASIMS.

  • Q. Will vaccines for Reservists on active duty on Air Force Reserve host installations be ordered by the active duty vaccine coordinator at the Air Force Medical Readiness Agency (AFMRA)?

    A. Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) Reservists and Individual Mobilization Augmentees (IMAs) will have their vaccine ordered by the active duty vaccine coordinator since they are accounted for on the active duty Unit Manning Document (UMD).

  • Q. What happens to members who have vaccination reactions (flu-like symptoms or other) that are severe enough to prevent them from returning to their civilian places of employment following the Unit Training Assembly or their IMA drill period?

    A. We treat traditional reservists (TR's) and Individual Reservists (IRs/IMAs) who have adverse reactions to the vaccination no different than someone who gets sick/injured during a drill period. Reservists may go on voluntary medical convalescent (MEDCON) orders if necessary. If the member accepts MEDCON orders, unit may initiate a line of duty (LOD) determination.

  • Q. Should Reservists (ARTs, IMAs or traditional) be in military status when receiving the vaccine?

    A. They should be in military status when being administered the vaccine if/when required for military readiness. If an ART, TR or IMA is able to get the vaccine from a civilian provider and he or she voluntarily chooses to do so, he or she does not need to be in military status

  • Q. What happens if a member declines the vaccine?

    A. Should a member of the military decline to accept the COVID-19 vaccine, without a valid medical, religious, or administrative exemption, their chain of command will make available a full range of resources which may include: individual counseling and professional medical advice to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. Depending on status, commanders may have a full range of administration actions to ensure unit readiness requirements are met. We need every Reserve Citizen Airmen healthy and ready to accomplish our various missions across the globe.

  • Q. Will I have a choice in which COVID-19 vaccine I receive?

    A. COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe and very effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths. As we do with other deadly infections, we want to protect our force through the best tool available, vaccination. Required vaccination to protect the force is routine for DoD, including annual influenza vaccination. The COMIRNATY® (Pfizer) vaccine is fully licensed by the FDA. The two other EUA vaccines have been thoroughly tested and found to be safe and effective in preventing severe COVID-19 symptoms. All three vaccines continue to undergo continuous and intense safety monitoring.

  • Q. Will the vaccine be offered to family members of deployed Reserve members who become TRICARE eligible?​

    A. IAW DHA-IPM 20-004, Dependents of Active Duty Service members, retirees, and other eligible DoD beneficiaries are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and encouraged to access COVID-19 vaccines through MTFs or through the private sector care component of TRICARE.​ 

    COVID19 vaccine locator is now live on TRICARE.mil.  Users can search all Department of Defense vaccination sites that are currently offering appointments for COVID19 vaccinations.  This is a good resource for eligible beneficiaries. Link below:

    https://tricare.mil/HealthWellness/HealthyLiving/Coronavirus/COVID-Vaccine-Locations 

  • Q. Is it possible the vaccine side effects (72-96 hrs later) could lead to a positive test for COVID?​​

    A. Reference the CDC site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html. Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.​​

  • Q. ​Is there a plan to vaccinate Reserve personnel assigned overseas?

    A. Personnel assigned or residing overseas should be captured by the distribution plan of the servicing active duty MTF.

  • Q. What happens if a person gets the first shot administered, but fails to get the second shot?​

    A. Failure to get fully vaccinated, without a medical exemption or religious accommodation, will be handled the same as if you are unvaccinated

  • Q. Are Civil Service employees in the Department of the Air Force required to receive the vaccine?

    A. In accordance with Executive Order 14043, “Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees” all DoD civilian employees must be fully vaccinated by 22 November 2021, subject to exemptions as required by law. AFRC is awaiting full implementation guidance.

  • Q. Does Secretary Austin’s direction to the Services apply to all Service members?

    A. Yes, all members of the Active and Reserve Components, including the National Guard, will be
    required to get the COVID-19 vaccine along with the list of other vaccines they are already required to
    receive as part of their individual medical readiness requirements.

  • Q. What makes Service members different from federal employees when it comes to enforcing certain requirements?

    A. Vaccine requirements are tied to personal medical readiness and are designed to afford Service
    members with the best protections available so they can accomplish missions across the globe. If
    necessary, the requirement to take certain vaccines, including a COVID-19 vaccine, is considered a
    lawful order, which service members must follow or a condition of Federal recognition of a member of
    the Guard.

  • Q. Is there a difference if I refuse the vaccine on Inactive or Active Duty status?

    A. No. Members of the reserve components, in either status, are required to comply with this mandate.

  • Q. What if a Reserve member has pregnancy considerations?

    A. Pregnant Service members (unless under medical exemption) are recommended to receive COVID-
    19 vaccination consistent with guidance from the CDC, American College of Obstetricians and
    Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). Pregnant Service
    member with concerns about vaccination during pregnancy may pursue a temporary medical exemption.

    Contact your Reserve Medical Unit for more information concerning medical exemptions. All
    IMA/AGR members should contact the assigned RegAF medical unit (If applicable). Granting medical
    exemptions is a medical function that must be performed by a privileged military health care provider
    IAW AFI 48-110. Medical exemptions may be based on pre-existing conditions or result from vaccine
    adverse reactions and should be consistent with the CDC Interim Clinical Considerations.

  • Q. If I am post-partum but breastfeeding, do I have to take the vaccine?

    A. There is no data that COVID-19 vaccination is unsafe for members who are pregnant or
    breastfeeding. Pregnant and breastfeeding members are at higher risk for severe illness or hospitalization
    from COVID-19 infection. Service members who are breast-feeding should consult their primary care
    doctor if they have concerns regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Q. I have an objection based on religious accommodation. How do I request that exemption?

    A. The process is detailed in DAFI 52-201. The process can be worked through your wing chaplain. In most
    cases, religious exceptions must be approved at HQ AFRC or the IMA owned Regular Air Force MAJCOM.
    Requests could take over 60 days after submission.

  • Q. If I have an approved retirement in 12 months, can I be exempt from the vaccine?

    A. AFRC Airmen who opt to retire in lieu of receiving the vaccine must have a commander approved submission prior to 18 Oct 2021. The approved retirement date must be no later than 2 Jun 2022. These Airmen will be immediately placed in a "No-Pay-No-Points" status. After 18 Oct 2021, there are no exemptions from the vaccine. Of note, COVID-19 vaccinations are NOT deployment (mobility) immunizations. The Secretary of Defense has mandated vaccination for all service members for force health protection. The provisions of AFI 48-110 that allow members within 180 days of separation or retirement to be exempt from certain vaccinations DO NOT apply in this case.

  • Q. I’m currently on terminal leave, will I be required to take the vaccine?

    A. Members on terminal leave will not be required to take the vaccine; however, if recalled to active duty, the
    member will be required to take the vaccine.

  • Q. If I don’t take the vaccine, can I transfer to the Individual Ready Reserve?

    A. Involuntary reassignment to the IRR is one option Commanders (court martial convening authority) may exercise for members who refuse vaccination as they review each individual case.  

  • Q. If I am involuntarily placed in Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) what benefits will I retain?

    Those Airmen involuntarily assigned to the Individual Ready Reserve program who currently have a remaining military service obligation, an unexpired enlistment contract, or service commitment will remain in a non-participating status until expiration of their minimum service obligation or commitment (whichever is later), are eligible for certain entitlements associated with the IRR to include a Green ID Card, access to the BX, Commissary, MWR facilities (Gym, Lodging, etc.) and Space A travel. Members who are coming off active duty orders i.e., contingency orders, may qualify for 180 days of transitional medical care (TAMP) at the end of their tour.  All other members would lose medical benefits under Tricare Reserve Select however, the may sign up for dental benefits if thee have at least 12 months remaining on their MSO or service commitment.  Officers may continue to meet promotion boards but if selected for promotion, would need to meet IMR requirements and return to the SelRes in a position equal to the grade promoted to in order to effect the promotion.  IRR members who do not meet IMR requirements will not allowed to participate for pay or points towards a military retirement.

  • Q. Is a member covered by a line of duty if they drive off-base and get a Moderna/J&J shot (non-mandated vax) while on inactive duty for training (IDT), annual training (AT), or on the way to or from unit training assembly (UTA)?

    Members are covered by a line of duty, as long as they are in any status; the brand of vaccine does not matter.  Members are considered “in status” when traveling to a UTA weekend and when traveling home from a UTA weekend.

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 usaf.scott.375-mdg.mbx.932-amdf-cc-command-section@mail.mil.  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. 

Respectfully,

The 932d AMDS ART Staff

Scott AFB, IL

DSN: 576-5267

Comm: 618-256-5267

932 AMDS Org Box: usaf.scott.375-mdg.mbx.932-amdf-cc-command-section@mail.mil

932 AMDS EIM: https://eim2.amc.af.mil/org/932amf/default.aspx

Check your IMR status: https://imr.afms.mil/imr/MyImr.aspx

 

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccination guidance and resources for September 2021 UTA

  • All service members are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 2 Dec 2021.
  • Service members are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose vaccine (below):
  • COMIRNATY® /Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (Two-Dose)     FDA Approved          
  • Moderna (Two-Dose)                                                            Emergency Use Authorization
  • Janssen (Single-Dose)                                                         Emergency Use Authorization

 

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: usaf.scott.375-mdg.mbx.932-amdf-cc-command-section@mail.mil

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 usaf.scott.375-mdg.mbx.covid-vaccine@mail.mil 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.

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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 usaf.scott.375-mdg.mbx.covid-vaccine@mail.mil to update their medical record.

Questions may be addressed to: usaf.scott.375-mdg.mbx.covid-vaccine@mail.mil

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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? 

  • It is recommended that you receive the second dose in the same facility in which you received the first.
  • If this cannot be arranged, you may schedule an appointment here:  https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX
  • You must bring your vaccination card that you received at your first dose.

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?

  • No referral is required to receive the COVID vaccine off-base (it is free).
  • Once providers can start charging a fee for the vaccine, active duty members will require a referral to receive the COVID vaccine off base. This can be done through their PCM team.
  • All non-active duty beneficiaries are eligible to receive the vaccine off base from any TRICARE authorized non-network provider without a referral and without incurring a charge.

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.

  • Reporting of adverse reactions is mandated for health professionals, and individuals may also report adverse affects here: https://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html 

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.

PREVENTION
- 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

SYMPTOMS

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:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

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https://www.afrc.af.mil/COVID-19/Vaccine-Information/

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
Commander

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.

PREVENTION
- 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

SYMPTOMS

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:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

UPDATE:  22 January 2021

Vaccine news from 22nd Air Force:

https://www.22af.afrc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2480388/22nd-air-force-personnel-begin-receiving-covid-19-vaccine/

STORY:  

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

Video Series:
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

NAME

PHONE

Child Development Center

Lakeetra Catching

618-830-0440

Child Development Center

Jennifer Pittman

618-381-0635

Youth Center

Renee Cox

618-302-0950

Adult Military Family Life Counselor

Nicole Edmonds

618-671-2302

Adult Military Family Life Counselor

Morgan Frei

618-979-0072


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.)

932nd family,

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)

                                                                                                                  
MPS Superintendent
/Installation Personnel
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)
Communication Flight
/Knowledge
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
                                                                                                                                Promotions/Site Security
                                                                                                                                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


Personnel System
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.

BRAVO

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:

Question 1:

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”)?

  • YES: Proceed to the next question
  • NO: Proceed to the next question.

Question 2:

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?

  • YES: Proceed to the next question
  • NO: Proceed to the next question.

Question 3:

In the past 14 days, have you been in close contact with a person who exhibited a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath?

  • YES: Proceed to the next question
  • NO: Proceed to the next question.

Question 4:

Do you currently have fever (defined as temperature ≥100.4 ◦F) or symptoms of new onset cough/shortness of breath (respiratory infection)??

  • YES: Proceed to the next question
  • NO: Proceed to the next question.

Question 5: Do you currently have a COVID-19 test pending result?

  • YES:
  • NO:

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.

PREVENTION

  • 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

SYMPTOMS

  • Fever >100.4F
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

    If you experience these symptoms, DO NOT COME TO THE CLINIC. Call the Nurse Advice Line immediately at (800) 874-2273.
  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.