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  Dover AFB Latest Updates 

As of 21 March 2022 - Dover AFB is currently in HPCON AlphaClick here for more information

When off the installation, Dover AFB personnel must comply with the latest state guidance, which for Delaware can be found at

For updates on COVID guidelines and restrictions at local hospitals, please visit the following links:

Christiana Care

Bay Health

 Additional Resources 

Dover Air Force Base Facebook Page    Department of Defense   Delaware Coronavirus Website   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • 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 or phone at (302) 677-3372. We also encourage you to follow the Dover Air Force Base Facebook page at for additional updates.
      • For COVID-19 specific questions, please contact Public Health at 302-677-2564.
    • 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) Alpha. 
    • What is Dover AFB’s current policy for face coverings?
      • As of 2 March 2022, personnel are no longer required to wear a mask on Dover AFB, with the exception of all 436th Medical Group facilities, wear mask wear is still mandatory for all personnel.
    • 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?
      • While it is encouraged for all, only those who are not fully vaccinated are required to physically distance in accordance with applicable CDC and DoD Force Health Protection guidance. 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 facilities are available on Dover AFB?

      • The actions Team Dover continues to take for the safety of our fellow Airmen and the Dover community have allowed us to re-open facilities and begin transitioning to a new state of normalcy. Visit the FSS website for more info.

        • What is Dover AFB’s current policy for teleworking?
          • Dover AFB personnel deemed at risk are authorized to telework 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?
          • Indoor gatherings are limited to 250 or less. Workplace occupancy is limited to less than 100%. In accordance with DoD and Air Force guidance, unit commanders (or functional equivalents) are authorized to allow up to 100% workplace occupancy. Base members must also comply with the latest Delaware guidance for residential/private indoor gatherings, which can be found at
        • What is the local leave area currently?
          • For approval of leave or pass (liberty), all personnel will follow their respective organizations’ most current policies, in addition to relevant DoD or service-specific guidance. For Air Force members, department guidelines have returned to pre-COVID procedures. Liberty will be approved in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-3003. Individual unit commanders should follow guidelines in AFI 36-3003, paragraph 4.4 for regular and special passes. Dover AFB personnel must continue to minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while on leave.
        • 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.
    • What is the mandate for COVID-19 vaccines?
      • From the 436 AW/CC: “The vaccination remains our best defense against the COVID-19 virus and your health is our priority. The work you all do is critical to the defense of this nation.  But first we must ensure your protection.  As such, our leaders have directed that all Airmen and Guardians be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 2 for Active Duty and Dec. 2 for Guard and Reserve personnel.  Your leadership team is ready to listen to your concerns and help answer any questions.  I’m honored to serve with this amazing team and proud of the way you rock the mission!”

        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. This includes one or two-dose options authorized under EUA or full FDA approval.

        If you still have questions about the vaccine, medical professionals are standing by to help answer any of your concerns.  Those requesting exemptions are encouraged to do so now.

        Members may call 302-730-4633 to make an appointment.  Members can also receive vaccines off-base.

        Service members have the option to apply for medical or administrative exemption, including religious accommodations. The process for obtaining exemptions for all mandatory vaccinations is provided in AFI 48-110_IP, Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases, for medical exemptions, and DAFI 52-201, Religious Freedom in the Department of the Air Force, for religious accommodations. No exemptions from the vaccine will be approved solely because Airmen and Guardians have an approved retirement or separation date.

        Vaccination non-compliance
        Any refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, absent an approved exemption or accommodation, may be punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). Military commanders retain the full range of disciplinary options available to them under the UCMJ.​​​​

    • If I have an Active Duty Service Commitment, will it be waived if I choose to separate or retire instead of taking the COVID-19 vaccine?
      • No. Active Duty Service Commitment waivers will not be automatically granted; however, Airmen and Guardians may, in accordance with AFI 36-3203, Service Retirements, paragraph 3.8. and AFI 36-3207, Separating Commissioned Officers, paragraph 2.12.1., request an Active Duty Service Commitment waiver in conjunction with their retirement or separation application.
    • If my retirement or separation request is denied, will I have to get the COIVD-19 vaccine?
      • Yes, pursuant to the 24 August 2021 Secretary of Defense memorandum, the subsequent 3 September 2021 Secretary of the Air Force memorandum, and subsequent DAF implementation guidance.
    • If I have applied for retirement or separation in lieu of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, or have requested a medical or religious exemption, will I still be allowed access to my installation while my application or request is being processed?
      • Commanders and directors may permit service members who are not fully vaccinated access to the installation and the workplace in accordance with the screening and testing requirements of OSD Force Health Protection (FHP) Guidance 23 (and subsequent revisions), and applicable DAF policies.
    • 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

    • What vaccine is currently available at Dover AFB?
      • At this time, the 436th Medical Group has both the the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
    • 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?
      • The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 18+. The Food and Drug Administration has issued Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5-11.
    • What is the benefit of receiving the  vaccine?
      • 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.
    • 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

    • 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 and 21 days for Pfizer 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 and Pfizer vaccines) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine).  
      • For more information, visit​​
    • 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.

    • How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine do I need?​​

      • It depends. Currently, the Janssen vaccine (also known as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) requires only a single shot. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots given at least 21 days (for Pfizer) and 28 days (for Moderna) apart. 
      • As of November 8, the 436 MDG currently has Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 boosters available for adults age 65+, those ages 12-64 at high risk of severe illness or who live or work in situations where they are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19. 

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