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  Dover AFB Latest Updates 

The Department of the Air Force guidance dated Feb. 16, 2021 remains in effect. 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/.

Dover AFB is currently in Phase 2 of COVID vaccine priority. This opens vaccine eligibility to all remaining beneficiaries 18+ not otherwise eligible in Phase 1. Click here for more information

Delawareans 16+ are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines at pharmacies, mass vaccination events and community sites throughout the state of Delaware. Click here for more information

As of 13 May: The 436th Medical Group will have first and second-dose COVID-19 vaccines for eligible 1A/B/C beneficiaries available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-2 p.m. on a first come first served base. Second dose vaccines are only available to members who received their first dose at the 436th Medical Group. Click here for more information

Please remember to get your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on or around the 28th day after receiving your first dose. Click here for more information

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  • Base Policies

    • If I have a COVID-19 base policy related question that is not listed here, whom should I contact?
      • Please contact your individual leadership, or 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs via email at 436aw.pa@us.af.mil or phone at (302) 677-3372. We also encourage you to follow the Dover Air Force Base Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DoverAirForceBase for additional updates.
      • For COVID-19 specific questions, please contact Public Health at 302-677-2564.
    • What is Dover AFB’s current policy for face coverings?
      • Effective immediately, all Dover AFB personnel are required to wear masks and, to the greatest extent possible, maintain six feet of physical distancing at all times. The following exceptions to the mask wear policy include:

    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.

    • To whom does Dover AFB’s face covering policy apply?
      • Dover AFB’s face covering policy applies to all total force military personnel, Department of Defense civilian employees, to include non-appropriated funded civilians, family members, DOD contractors and all other individuals on the installation.
    • Am I required to observe physical distancing even while wearing a mask?
      • Yes, you are required to wear a face covering and, to the greatest extent possible, practice physical distancing by maintaining at least six feet from others. Mask wear and social distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • What are mask wear requirements for physical exercise and outdoor recreation at Dover AFB?
      • Mask wear is required at all times except 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.

      • To further mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all Dover AFB Fitness Center patrons are required to wear a mask at all times in the facility except when using vigorous cardio equipment or actively showering.

      • All Dover AFB Fitness Center patrons must wear a mask in transit to and from the showers, lockers and bathrooms and when dressing unless social distancing can be maintained. Patrons are NOT required nor recommended to wear a mask when showering.

    • Do I have to wear my face mask inside my car? What about when I present my ID at the gate?

      • No, face masks are not required when driving alone or with members of one’s immediate household. However, we recommend that Dover AFB personnel wear a mask during security checks as an additional mitigation measure.
    • What if I am unable to physically distance at work due to the requirements of my job?
      • Please ensure you wear a mask and discuss with your chain of command about how to physically distance to the greatest extent possible and implement other mitigation measures. Commanders are encouraged to develop mitigation measures tailored to the needs of their respective units.
      • What is Dover AFB’s current policy for teleworking?
        • Dover AFB personnel deemed at risk should continue to telework to the extent possible and in coordination with their unit commander. If telework is deemed unsuitable, unit commanders are authorized to make other accommodations to ensure personnel safety.
      • What is the base’s current policy for indoor and outdoor gatherings?

        Aside from the 12 exceptions listed above, face coverings and six feet of physical distancing are required at all outdoor and indoor gatherings on Dover AFB. 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 is the local leave area currently?
        • Military leave is required for travel outside the local area, currently defined as a six-hour travel radius from Dover AFB. Requests for military leave require unit commander approval. Dover AFB personnel must continue to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while on leave.
      • What is Dover AFB’s current HPCON and is there still a public health emergency?
        • Dover Air Force Base is currently in Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo. HPCON Bravo indicates a moderate increase in community transmissions of COVID-19. Yes, Dover AFB leaders have extended the public health emergency in order to effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
      • 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. At all three restaurants, masks must be worn at all times unless actively eating or drinking.​

    • If I feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, what should I do?
      • Stay home, notify your chain of command, and call the appointment line at 302-730-4633.
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    • What are the vaccine priority phases?
      • In line with the Department of Defense and the state of Delaware, Dover AFB is implementing a phased, standardized and coordinated strategy for prioritizing, distributing, and administering COVID-19 vaccines to protect our people, maintain readiness, and support the national COVID-19 response.
      • For specific information on the various phases, please see the prioritization graphic
    • What phase are we in now?
      • Beginning 19 April, we will be in Phase 2. Eligible Phase 2 members include the remaining population, inclduing 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 either a family member or I am eligible to get vaccinated off base, can I do so or do I need to get vaccinated on base?
      • 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

    • What vaccine is currently available at Dover AFB?
      • At this time, the Moderna mRNA vaccine is the only vaccine available at the 436th Medical Group.
    • Who should not receive the vaccine?
      • You should not get the vaccine if you have had any of the following:
        • A severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of this vaccine or to any ingredient of this vaccine. These ingredients include: lipid content (SM-102, polyethylene glycol [PEG] 2000 dimyristoyl glycerol [DMG], cholesterol, and 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC]), tromethamine, tromethamine hydrochloride, acetic acid, sodium acetate, and sucrose.
        • Immediate allergic reaction to polysorbate
        • Immediate allergic reaction (hives, facial swelling, respiratory distress) of any severity to a prior COVID Vaccine or any component
      • Additionally, you should not receive the vaccine if you have received any other vaccination within the past 14 days or if you have received treatment of COVID-19 with monoclonal antibody or convalescent serum within the past 90 days.
    • Who should get vaccinated against COVID-19?
      • This Moderna mRNA vaccine is authorized for people 18 years of age and older including pregnant women, lactating women and immunocompromised individuals.
    • What is the benefit of receiving the Moderna mRNA vaccine?
      • Phase 3 trials studied over 30,000 patients and showed a 94% efficacy rate of protection against COVID-19 disease after completion of a two-dose series. This vaccination protects you against a virus known to cause significant long term side effects such as chronic lung damage, heart muscle damage, blood clots, strokes and numerous other comorbidities that have been linked to COVID-19.
    • How will the vaccine be administered?
      • The vaccine is given in your upper arm as a two-dose series with the shots separated by 28 days. You will receive information about the date of your second dose upon receipt of your first dose.
    • Will I still need to wear a mask after receiving the vaccine?
      • Yes. Even after vaccination, we must continue to wear appropriate masks, practice physical distancing, wash hands and follow restriction of movement requirements to protect our safety as a large portion of the population will need to be vaccinated before COVID-19 risks diminish.
    • What side effects can I expect after my vaccination?
      • 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

    • Do I stay home if I have side effects from the shot?
      • If your symptoms are severe, concerning, could be confused for COVID-19 infection (fever, cough) or limit your ability to perform your duties, then you should stay home and seek appropriate medical care.
      • Symptoms would be expected to resolve within 48 hours. For persistent symptoms, please contact your primary care manager team at 302-730-4633.
    • What if I am not available to get my vaccine shot on the 28th day following my first dose?
      • The second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible (28 days for Moderna vaccines). However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. There are currently limited data on efficacy of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines administered beyond this window.
    • How will I know when I am fully vaccinated? 
      • According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot in a two-dose vaccine series (such as the Moderna vaccine given on Dover AFB or Pfizer vaccine) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine).  
      • For more information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html​​
    • If I am fully vaccinated, will I have to quarantine after being potentially exposed to a COVID-19 patient?
      • The 436th Medical Group Public Health is responsible for issuing quarantine orders.
      • If public health determines that you meet the following three criteria, you may not be required to quarantine:
        • - Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine)
        • - Are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series
        • - Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
      • However, if you are not required to quarantine, you should still monitor for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days following the exposure and alert your healthcare team if symptoms develop.
      • If you do not meet all three criteria, you will be required to follow all quarantine guidance.
      • Fully vaccinated personnel must continue to follow additional interventions such as mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing.
      • This update does not apply to other travel, deployment related restriction of movement requirements, or host nation requirements at this time.
    • 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.

    • How will I know when it is my turn to receive the vaccine, where do I go and what are the hours of operations?

      • Visit www.facebook.com/DoverAirForceBase for the latest information about Dover AFB's vaccination phases. If you do not know your phase, contact your chain of command or call the 436th Medical Group appointment line at 302-730-4633. Current vaccine distribution operations are located at the 436th Medical Group and occur from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on a first come first served basis. Eligible Members are not required to make an appointment for their first-dose vaccination.

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