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  • Myths and facts about the vax — debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

    The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or fiction, the science is clear … approved COVID-19 vaccines work.
  • Vaccination deadline for Tinker Airmen approaching fast

    Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall released COVID-19 vaccine implementation guidelines Sept. 3, requiring Active Duty Airmen and Guardians to be fully vaccinated by Nov. 2, unless seeking an exemption. To assist Airmen who may still be unvaccinated, the 72nd Medical Group will be offering vaccination shot lines in the coming days so that they can be in compliance before the deadline. Appointments can be made by visiting https://covidvaccinesignup.timetap.com/. Shot lines will be held Sept. 16, 17 and 20-24, with multiple time slots available.
  • DAF announces mandatory COVID vaccine implementation guidelines for Airmen, Guardians

    Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall has released a service implementation plan that requires Airmen and Guardians to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the following dates, unless seeking an exemption.
  • Air Force mental health leaders discuss future of field

    Mental health leaders across the Air Force met virtually for an annual conference, August 9-13, to discuss military mental health care, telehealth, the impact of COVID-19 and embedded mental health support.
  • USAF/USSF Surgeon General visits Tinker

    Lt. Gen. Robert I. Miller, surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, visited Tinker Air Force Base, August 5, 2021. The visit to Tinker is part of Miller’s immersion tour after becoming Surgeon General June 4. Miller and Kolczynski were guided through the different clinics of 72nd Medical Group, briefed by Airmen on the workings of each section and how they have enhanced their processes in spite of COVID-19.
  • Tinker installation commander updates mask policy

    Following Department of Defense guidelines, 72nd Air Base Wing and Tinker Installation Commander Col. G. Hall Sebren Jr. has updated the mask policy at Tinker Air Force Base due to rising coronavirus infection rates in both the local area and state. The DOD policy states that masks must be worn indoors at all installations in areas of substantial or high community COVID transmission. Tinker Air Force Base is located in an area with high community COVID transmission, per the Centers for Disease Control an Prevention's COVID Data Tracker. Effective immediately, all service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, MUST wear a mask indoors on installations and in other facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by the DOD.
  • DoD directs employees to start wearing face masks again

    Following guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Defense Department has directed employees working in areas at high risk for transmission to begin using face masks again as a measure to prevent the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially the fast-moving, highly-transmittable Delta variant.
  • News Re-Cap: What to know about COVID-19 Delta variant, available vaccines

    The existing vaccines now available to everyone over the age of 12 have proven to be highly effective in preventing the newest COVID-19 Delta variant as well as other versions of the virus, according to Defense Department health officials.
  • COVID-19 pandemic not over, concerns over delta variant growing

    According to the military health system, the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus is more transmittable, causes more severe disease, and results in higher cases of hospitalization and death than any other strain of the virus.
  • Emergency paid leave funds still available to civilian employees

    Federal employees may be eligible to receive up to 600 hours, or 15 weeks of emergency paid leave for reasons relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The qualifying period runs now through Sept. 30, 2021. Paid leave is made available through the American Rescue Plan, which Congress passed into law in March, creating a $570 million emergency paid leave fund.
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