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
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.
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?
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 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.
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 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.
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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