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Vaccination at the 115FW (current as of JAn 27, 2021)

A message from Col Franklin "Brad" Meyers, 115th Fighter Wing medical group commander:

Members of the 115th FW-

We have entered a new phase of the Covid-19 Pandemic. We have two highly effective, safe vaccines. We can now go on the offense and actively protect ourselves and our loved ones from infection by receiving the vaccine. The vaccine we have available to us is the Moderna mRNA vaccine. The vaccination sequence consist of two shots spaced 4 weeks apart (range 24 to 42 days). The first shot confers immunity of about 90%. The second shot boosts the degree and duration of immunity to 95+%. All are encouraged to take both shots.

The vaccine is still a rather precious commodity. We are working diligently to acquire sufficient vaccination materials to vaccinate the entire Fighter Wing over the next couple of months. Roll out of the vaccine at the 115th FW has, in true Air Force fashion, been given a name: Operation BADGERVAC

Col Van Roo and I are extremely excited about the ability to vaccinate the vast majority of our Wing members – vaccination protects each of us from the potentially deadly consequences of Covid-19, and hopefully will allow us to get back to some normal interactions.

I know many of you are eager to be vaccinated. I am fully onboard that this is a safe and effective vaccine and thrilled that vaccination will lead us on the path away from the Covid-19 pandemic. The MDG is charged with administering the Moderna vaccine for our members. The MDG is committed toward educating and informing you all about the vaccine. My ask is that you all to keep an open mind about vaccination. Learn. Embrace facts. Disregard misinformation. Seek truth from your medical provider and/or from the MDG. I am more than happy to meet with you collectively or individually to help you make an informed decision.

So far (25 January) 23.5 million doses have been administered in the US and 68.1 million doses worldwide. No significant complications have been observed. This is no longer an “experimental” vaccine, not with these large numbers of people having successfully taken the vaccine.

We owe it to ourselves, our families and to our fellow Airmen to receive the Moderna vaccine when it becomes available to us. Watch for more details on Operation BADGERVAC.

All the best,

Doc Meyers

MEDICAL CARE

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Medical Group will follow the Department of Defense interim guidance on the use of face coverings for all persons entering DoD facilities. Effective immediately, ALL patients and visitors entering the medical facility will be expected to wear a face mask or covering at all times. Patients who believe they have been exposed or are feeling sick with a fever, cough,  shortness of breath, sore throat, or body aches should speak with an appointment line operator before travelling to the clinic so that we can manage your care appropriately.

*COVID-19 testing is NOT available on base

COVID-19 Return to Duty Criteria (Symptomatic). *Update 23 July 2020.
Offered by Brad Meyers, Col, MC, SFS, MDG/CC, 115th FW

How do we advise members recovering from COVID-19 infection (or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 infection) regards return to work?

Non-Test-based criteria:  No testing utilized to document clearing of infection.
This is the most common scenario we will use.
Return to work after the following three conditions are met:

  • No fever (temperature <100.4) for past 24 hours, without use of fever reducing medicines,
  • AND-- Improvement of respiratory symptoms (e.g., improved cough, shortness of breath),
  • AND-- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

Test based criteria: Test based no longer recommended by CDC.  This simplifies things a bit.

Return to work guidance for those exposed to a person with confirmed positive COVID-19 Test. *Update 23 July 2020.
Offered by Brad Meyers, Col, MC, SFS, MDG/CC, 115th FW

One of our members has received notification (usually through contact tracing) that they have been in contact with a person (symptomatic or not) who has tested positive for COVID-19. What advice do we offer that member about returning to work? How to we ensure the safety of those in the shop where they work?  When and under what circumstances can the asymptomatic member with exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 return to work? This is (unfortunately) an increasingly frequent scenario. This is the “latest” from CDC.

The member exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 remains at home on self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to work.  The count starts with the last day of exposure to the person who tested positive. The member self-monitors for fever and for symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste and smell, muscle aches, GI upset, sore throat, muscle aches, etc.) Rationale: This is the standard quarantine protocol for COVID-19 exposure. Of course, the member must remain symptom-free during the self-quarantine.

Testing does not change the approach above. This is the change.  A negative result does not allow a return to work sooner than the 14 days after exposure as described above.

You may complete the online Coronavirus Self-Checker to help you make decisions about returning to base via https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

CURRENT SITUATION

The 115th Fighter Wing is at Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Alpha.

BASE OPENINGS AND CLOSURES

Airman and Family Readiness: OPEN
Operating hours:
Weekly: Mon-Thurs 0700-1500 
RSD Weekends: Sat 0600-1400  Sun 0600-1300
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*Not available during down days

Base Exchange: OPEN
Weekly: Mon-Fri 0800-1530
RSD Saturday: 0800-1530
 

Base Barber: OPEN
Weekly:Tues &Thurs 0900-1430
Friday before RSD: 0900-1430

Credit Union: OPEN
Weekly: Mon, Wed &Thurs 0900-1500

Fitness Center: OPEN

  • Wash hands prior to and after using the facility.
  • Wipe down touch surfaces on the equipment after each use.
  • Avoid touching your face. Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Use the fans to circulate air.

ID Cards: OPEN by appointment ONLY.
Tuesdays and Thursdays 0730-1100 and 1200-1500
Drill Weekends: 0730-1100 and 1200-1500

Other DEERS/RAPIDS updates include:

  • Adding or Removing Dependents
  • Full-time Students
  • Tricare (Eligibility only)

If you have issues or questions regarding Tricare, other than eligibility, please go the Humana Military National Guard/Reserve website at: https://humanamilitary.com/NGR  or call Tricare East at 1-877-298-3408.

Photo Studio

OPEN by appointment ONLY. Schedule Online 
Mon-Thurs 0900-1400
Drill Weekends: ISOPREPs Sat 0800-1000  Portraits: Sun 0800-1000