As of 13 July, Dover AFB, alongside the state of Delaware, has lifted the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Order. Click here for more information.
Policy Guidance Extension for ID Card Operation for COVID-19: ID (non-CAC) card expirations between 1 January 2020 and 31 July 2021 have been extended to 31 October 2021 for active duty dependent family members, and extended to 31 January 2022 for Retirees and their dependents. Please note that ID (non-CAC) cards that expired before 1 January 2020 or after 31 July 2021 have not been extended and will not be accepted. Signed USID memo is attached for additional information. We are encouraging dependents to utilize our online ID card process for renewal to prevent a backlog of those requiring a unexpired ID Card 1 November 2021.
For Retiree and Dependent ID Cards, visitors must schedule an appointment to come into the office Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8am-3:30pm. Please visit ID Card Office Online for appointment availability. If you do not have access to ID Card Office Online or need assistance scheduling an appointment, please call 677-3728, option #1.
The 436th Medical Group will be offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment only. Please call 302-730-4633 to sign up for your COVID-19 Vaccine.
When off the installation, Dover AFB personnel must comply with the latest state guidance, which for Delaware can be found at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/restrictions/.
Delawareans 12+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines at pharmacies, mass vaccination events and community sites throughout the state of Delaware. Click here for more information
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 distancing 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.
4. When necessary to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability.
5. When necessary to reasonably accommodate a religious belief.
6. When underlying health conditions that prohibit the wear of a face covering exist and the individual is in possession of medical documentation from a health care provider outlining such a condition and the restrictions the condition places on wear of a face covering.
7. When outdoors and proper physical distancing of six feet can be maintained.
8. When actively participating in physical fitness activities either indoors or outdoors and either proper physical distancing of six feet is maintained or additional measures are implemented to mitigate the threat of transmission.
9. When an individual is alone in a vehicle or is sharing the vehicle only with members of their household.
10. When use substantively interferes with the proper wear and use of personal protective equipment necessary for the accomplishment of one's military duties.
11. When personnel are in primary aircrew positions during critical phases of flight or emergencies; or when using flight crew oxygen equipment.
12. When clear or unrestricted visualization of verbal communication are essential to safe and effective operations.
What facilities are available on Dover AFB?
Aside from the 12 exceptions listed above, face coverings and six feet of physical distancing are required at all indoor gatherings on Dover AFB for non-vaccinated personnel. Base members must also comply with the latest Delaware guidance for residential/private indoor gatherings, which can be found at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/restrictions/.”
What dine-in options are currently available on base?
The Patterson Dining Facility is open to a limited number of dine-in customers, with a one person per table requirement. FREDS and Mugs also offer limited dine-in services with either single-customer or same-household tables only.
Dover AFB is in Phase 2. Eligible Phase 2 members include the remaining population, including healthy uniformed personnel, other TRICARE beneficiaries and those eligible not otherwise mentioned in Phase 1. Phase 1a/b/c members will continue to receive vaccines if requested. For specific information on the various phases, please see the prioritization graphic.
If you are eligible to get the vaccine off base, please do so. Afterward, please bring a copy of your vaccination form to the immunizations clinic for record.
For those eligible to receive the vaccine off base, VaccineFinder helps people find the latest information on COVID-19 vaccine availability at certain providers and pharmacies in some states. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/reporting/vaccinefinder/about.html
Adverse reactions are similar to other immunizations and may include swelling, pain, redness and tenderness at the injection site. General side effects include fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, fever, chills, lymph node swelling, nausea and vomiting are possible and are more likely to occur after the second dose of the immunization. These side effects are expected as a normal response and a sign that your body is creating antibodies to protect you from COVID-19. Additional adverse reactions may become apparent with more widespread distribution of the vaccines.
We encourage you to register for the V-Safe health checker program, a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins from the CDC to vaccine recipients. Depending on your answers, someone from the CDC may call to check on you, but please still contact your primary care team for any additional concerns. For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html
How does the mRNA technology work?
mRNA technology was discovered over 30 years ago and has been studied for vaccine purposes for nearly two decades. Scientists have actually been working on a coronavirus vaccine since the SARS and MERS outbreaks in 2002 with vaccine trials published by 2008.
The instructions inside the vaccine trigger the body’s cells to create and display a protein on its surface. Our immune system recognizes that the protein doesn’t belong there and begins making antibodies. After developing these antibodies, our immune system has learned how to protect against future infection.
mRNA vaccines cannot give someone COVID-19 nor do they affect or interact with DNA.
What is the effectiveness of the Moderna mRNA vaccine?
Based on clinical trials, the Modern mRNA has proven to be 94.5% effective at preventing the development of the COVID-19 disease.
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