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VACCINE CLINICS: April 15, 23, 29 & 30 - Open to Anyone with Base Access 18+

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The 72nd Medical Group has partnered with the Oklahoma City County Health Department to do mass COVID vaccination clinics on April 15, 23, 29 & 30 for FIRST DOSE of Moderna. The clinic will be open on the following dates/times at Bldg. 1094 (the base medical treatment facility).

April 15: 1 - 4 p.m.
April 23: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
April 29: 3-5 p.m.
April 30: 5:15 p.m.

Anyone 18 and older with base access is eligible to be vaccinated. Due to the partnering with the local county, the DoD vaccination schema is not being followed and DoD forms are not required.

There is are a large volume of vaccines available to reach military, military dependents, civilians, contractors, retirees and anyone else with base access and I.D. 

To sign up for an appointment, visit https://covidvaccinesignup.timetap.com You may need to use a non-DOD computer and follow instructions on site to sign up. For questions or assistance call the 72nd MDG COVID support line at 405-582-6297Walk-ins are welcome however priority will be given to people with appointments first.

For fastest service, please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment time and bring pages 1 and 3 (completed) of the COVID Vaccine Consent Packet (Fillable PDF).

For more information on base access, gate entry and location, see the Tinker Gate & Hours Map (PDF).

 

How To Get Vaccinated

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Tinker has been receiving regular, but low vaccination supply. Our first responders and mission essential personnel have been prioritized first with vaccinations. We are working on partnerships with the state and local communities to reach a greater amount of the Tinker community and will update, as necessary. Base personnel are encouraged to seek vaccination opportunities throughout the Oklahoma area.

Vaccination Location & Registration Sites:

https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov

https://www.oklahoma.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp

https://www.vaxokc.com
MASS VACCINE CLINIC @ FAIRGROUNDS APRIL 7

https://vaccinefinder.org

https://portal.immylabs.com/vaccine

https://www.chickasaw.net/News...Vaccines-to-all-Oklahomans.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/ONHSWahZhaZheHealthCenter

https://www.mercy.net/forms/vaccinations/

Please note: this is not a complete list of the opportunities available in the local area.

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Vaccine FAQs

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FAQ on COVID-19 Vaccine

Q1. Will vaccines be available at Tinker? When will they be available?
A1. The vaccine is being distributed on base as received. DoD initially expects limited quantity and a phased delivery of COVID-19 vaccine following FDA Emergency Use Authorization.

Q2. Who will be the first to get the vaccine?
A2. Vaccination distribution prioritization will focus on those providing direct medical care, maintaining essential national security and installation functions, deploying forces, and those at the highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19, before other members of the DoD population. The DoD Population Schema, located at the link below, lists the order in which vaccines will be distributed based on priority.
https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Vaccine-Availability

Q3. I’m a retiree/spouse/dependent, can I get the vaccine at the Tinker Clinic?
A3. Retirees and other qualified DoD beneficiaries will be able to receive the vaccine. This will occur once supply availability and the appropriate level of prioritization is reached. Notification will be made through public messaging at that time.

Q4. How do I sign up to get on the vaccination list?
A4. Once the appropriate prioritization level is reached, notification will be made through public messaging.

Q5. How will I know when it is my turn/how are notifications being made?
A5. Notification of vaccine’s availability will be made through the chain of command, or through public messaging, once the appropriate prioritization level is reached. The DoD Population Schema, located at the link below, lists the order in which vaccines will be distributed based on priority.
https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Vaccine-Availability

Q6. Are you accepting walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine?
A6. No, walk-ins are not being accepted for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Tinker Clinic is providing vaccinations based on the DoD Population Schema, located at the link below. It lists the order in which vaccines will be distributed based on priority. This plan is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Vaccine-Availability

Q7. Will the DoD require all service members to receive the vaccine?A7. No. The vaccine is being offered on a voluntary basis. Priority populations are highly encouraged to receive the vaccine. When formally licensed by the FDA, the DoD may require a vaccine for military personnel or personnel in specific fields, as is the case for the influenza vaccine.

Q8. Which Select Reserve and National Guard personnel will receive the vaccine?
A8. Selected Reserve personnel include drilling members of the Federal Reserve and National Guard. Selected Reserve personnel on orders for more than 30 days are included in the active component.

Q9. Will we still need to wear masks and practice physical distancing once a vaccine is available?
A9. Yes. The intent of the vaccine is to prevent the spread of COVID 19. We will still need to wear cloth face covings and practice physical distancing to limit the spread of the virus. Additionally, we will not have enough vaccine initially to vaccinate everyone who wants the vaccine and COVID-19 pandemic risks will continue. We will continue to recommend wearing masks and practicing physical distancing, for everyone, until pandemic risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced.

Q10. How important is it to get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available?
A10. People who are offered the first-available vaccine are considered to be in groups that are most in need of COVID-19 protection. Vaccinated people will be protecting themselves, as well as their families and all people with whom they interact. Evaluation of the first-available vaccine will continue, even after its pre-licensure release. The release of other vaccines cannot be fully predicted, so people who are offered the first-available vaccine will be encouraged to receive this vaccine.

Q11: How long will protection last following vaccination?
A11. We do not know how long protection will last following vaccination but it will be critically important to measure long-term protection (at least two years) in the phase 3 trials and in other groups prioritized for early vaccination. We are still learning about the duration of protection following infection with COVID-19 and it is too early to tell how long protection will last.

Q12. Can someone get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
A12. No, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. Vaccines against COVID-19 use inactivated virus, parts of the virus, or a gene from the virus. None of these can cause the coronavirus.

Below is an excerpt from the CDC describing how current COVID-19 vaccines operate. View the full page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the "spike protein." The spike protein is found on the surface of the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines are given in the upper arm muscle. Once the instructions (mRNA) are inside the immune cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them.

Next, the cell displays the protein piece on its surface. Our immune systems recognize that the protein doesn’t belong there and begin building an immune response and making antibodies, like what happens in natural infection against COVID-19.

At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection. The benefit of mRNA vaccines, like all vaccines, is those vaccinated gain this protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19.

It is important to note that you can still contract COVID-19, but will now have the antibodies to fight it off, to not get sick. Additionally, it is not known how long the vaccine is effective. This is why it is important to keep wearing masks, washing hands and practicing physical distancing.

Q13. Should children get the vaccine?
A13. The current vaccine trials have not studied the safety and efficacy for children and manufactures are not currently asking the FDA for authorization to vaccinate children.

Q14. How does the vaccine work?
A14. Manufacturers have different science behind their vaccines. Most mimic COVID symptoms, allowing the body to build antibodies. You can find further information on the vaccine manufacturers' websites.

Q15. Will the vaccine require multiple shots?
A15. Yes. Depending on the type of vaccine received, there will be an initial shot followed three to four weeks later with a second shot. Vaccines from different manufacturers are NOT interchangeable; it is important that people receiving the COVID-19 vaccine return for their second shot at the appropriate time.

Q16. Will Tinker be offering vaccines to DoD contractors?
A16. COVID-19 vaccines may be offered to, and administered at DoD vaccination sites for contractors directly supporting the DoD on DoD installations when available and prioritization level is reached, subject to the terms of their contract.

Q17. Where can Tinker personnel get more information on COVID-19 vaccines?
A17. The latest information on COVID-19 vaccines as well as the latest Health Protection Conditions, Declarations of Public Health Emergency, COVID testing information and a list of resources can be found on the Tinker web page at https://www.tinker.af.mil/coronavirus/

Q18. What are our civilian counterparts doing to aid in vaccination?
A18. The Oklahoma State Department of Health has a website where people can register for upcoming vaccine clinics and present their level of need (age, essential worker status, comorbidities, etc.). Visit https://vaccinate.oklahoma.gov to register. Additional Oklahoma information can be found at https://oklahoma.gov/covid19.html

Q19. I have questions not addressed in this FAQ.
A19. If you have additional questions, please call the 72nd Medical Group at 405-582-6009 during regular business hours.
To minimize call volume on clinic staff, please do not call until you have read through this FAQ. Your question might already be answered.

CURRENT SITUATION

As of March 1, 2021, Tinker AFB is in Health Protection Condition BRAVO PLUS.

HPCON Bravo Plus includes the following actions:

  • All individuals on military installations performing official duties on behalf of DoD from any location other than the individual’s home or car, including outdoor shared spaces, will wear masks and practice physical distancing in accordance with the most current CDC guidelines. Some exceptions include, but are not limited to: when an individual is alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls with a door closed; for brief periods of time when eating and drinking while maintaining distancing in accordance with CDC guidance and instructions from leadership; when mask is required to be lowered briefly for identification or security reasons; when necessary to reasonably accommodate a religious belief; when necessary to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability; when use substantively interferes with the proper wear and use of personal protective equipment necessary for the accomplishment of one’s military duties. Visit these links for full memorandums: DoD Face Mask Memorandum, Air Force Face Mask Memorandum Tinker AFB Supplement to 16 Feb DAF Memo

  • For indoor events (commanders calls, award ceremonies, etc.) in large venues with rowed seating (like Tinker Auditorium), FACE COVERINGS WILL BE WORN AT ALL TIMES and occupants will SKIP EVERY OTHER ROW while ensuring AT LEAST THREE (3) OPEN SEATS BETWEEN EACH PERSON AND/OR HOUSEHOLD WITHIN A ROW. Food and beverages can be served, but attendees will ONLY LOWER MASKS WHEN ACTUALLY TAKING DRINKS OR BITES OF FOOD. Because of the mandatory spacing required above, maximum attendance will be determined by the designed seating capacity of the venue, given the limitations listed here.

  • For indoor events in smaller locations without permanent rowed seating (conference rooms, break rooms), MASKS WILL BE WORN AT ALL TIMES and SOCIAL DISTANCED SEATING MUST BE MAINTAINED. Food and beverage service must adhere to the rules in paragraph above, and room capacity will be limited only by adherence to the social distancing rules.

  • Outdoor events may be held (Hails and Farewells, unit fitness training, etc.) without limits on attendance. Without exception, such events will adhere to the CDC recommended social distanced seating between individuals or households. Food/beverage service rules from paragraph above apply. LARGE AIRCRAFT HANGARS WITH FULLY OPENED AIRCRAFT ACCESS DOORS WILL BE CONSIDERED OUTDOOR VENUES.

  • All Commissary patrons must possess a valid ID Card, with exception of disabled veterans/retirees needing visitor assistance to shop.

  • Masks must be worn in all public non-duty indoor areas regardless of distancing.
  • Eating establishments: Effective March 3, 2021, all installation dining establishments may resume indoor dining with limited seating capacity.
  • Installation public gathering policy has been updated with additional mitigations.
  • Base Fitness Centers are open to all qualified users. See tinkerliving.com for facility availability and current hours.
  • The Trusted Traveler program is suspended; the Visitor Control Center is open daily from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. The VCC can be reached at (405)-734-5191.
  • Active duty members who are classified as “contacts” of COVID-19 positive patients will be placed on quarters in Aeromedical Services Information System.
  • At Child Development Centers, parents/guardians will continue to be denied entry, will drop children at the entry control point, and children will be screened and temperature checked.
     
  • FTAC, NEO, ALS and other training/orientations must be social distanced and in accordance with June 1, 2020 Installation Public gathering memorandum.
     
  • All customer service points on the installation should install Plexiglas barriers, if not already accomplished.  Call (405) 734-3117 to initiate a work order.
  • Commanders, Civilian Leaders, and supervisors enforce employee mask wear whenever distancing is not possible (where not limited by safety or mission requirements).
  • Practice strict hygiene measures such as frequently washing and/or sanitizing hands; wiping common-use items with disinfectant; covering mouths and noses with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing; and staying home when sick.
  • Practice social distancing and refrain from physical contact such as hand shaking, fist bumps, etc.

Previous installation-specific travel guidance (20 May 20-Military Restricted Movement Guidance; 4 Jun 20-Civilian Travel Guidance During COVID-19 Pandemic are both rescinded. All installation members will now adhere to SECDEF and Air Force conditions-based travel guidance. Refer to https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/ for the most current list of unrestricted states and countries for travel.

overview

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a rapidly changing situation.  The two included attachments from the CDC will provide you with general information on what you need to know about COVID-19 and how to stop the spread of germs. In addition to these measures, it is important to stay informed on travel recommendations and restrictions. For travelers returning from overseas areas, home monitoring, quarantine, and/or isolation are NOT currently recommended by the CDC; except for travelers returning from Level 2 or Level 3 countries. For travelers returning from Level 3 countries within the past 14 days who also have symptoms of cough, fever, or shortness of breath, please seek medical care. For individuals, including health care workers, who have had close contact with a known case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, please seek medical care. Call ahead of your medical visit for instructions and to notify the medical team of recent travel or close contact to a known case of COVID-19.

These recommendations may change in the near future, and we will continue to update recommendations IAW guidance from the CDC, OSDH and DOD.  We will provide updates as necessary. If you have any Tinker AFB questions concerning the novel coronavirus, contact Tinker's COVID-19 Hotline: 405-582-6297

Positive COVID-19 Reporting Instructions

As of Dec. 3, 2020, the COVID-19 screening questionnaire or presumptive screening are no longer required.

To help the Public Health Flight streamline the process, the below instructions will be followed.

If a member receives a POSITIVE COVID-19 test result, send an email to the following email org box: usaf.tinker.72-mdg.mbx.72-mdg-sgpm-public-health@mail.mil

• Title of the email: REPORTING

• Body of email: Individual’s name and a good contact number as well as their supervisor’s name and contact number.

Public Health will conduct their interview as normal. Any other unit channeling/processes should remain the same.

Free COVID Testing

Oklahoma County

Oklahoma City-County Health Dept:

  • 2 testing sites
  • By appointment only
  • 405-425-4489
  • 7 to 10 days for results
  • Must file an ROI to get test results

Oklahoma State Health Department

  • 405-271-7774
  • By appointment only
  • Will send an email with an embedded bar code to be presented
  • Must have ID, must wear a mask, and only person being tested may be in vehicle
  • 3 to 8 business days to receive results
  • Must file an ROI to get test results
  • OSDH will send an email

Canadian County

  • Free of charge COVID-19 testing
  • Drive thru testing
  • No PPE required
  • No cap on how many individuals can be in the vehicle
  • Test turnaround for results is about 48 hrs
  • Two testing location El Reno and Yukon
  • Must make an appointment by calling 405-262-0042 to get tested because there is a limit of tests per day.

Cleveland County

  • Free of charge COVID-19 testing
  • Drive thru testing
  • No PPE required
  • No cap on how many individuals can be in the vehicle
  • For essential workers test  turnaround is 3-4 days
  • For non-essential test result turnaround is roughly 7 days
  • Must call 405-321-4048 ext. 409 or 410 to make appointment for COVID testing

Frequently Asked Questions

CLOSURES/FACILITY UPDATES

Latest News

  • Entire Force May Be Vaccinated for COVID-19 by Early Summer

    WASHINGTON -- Defense Department officials have said the department will be ready to offer COVID-19
  • Tinker to hold mass COVID vaccine clinic March 27

    The 72nd Medical Group has partnered with the Oklahoma County Public Health Department to do a mass COVID vaccination clinic on March 27 for FIRST DOSE of Moderna. The clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bldg. 1094 (the base medical treatment facility). Anyone 18 and older with base access is eligible to be vaccinated. Active duty military and dependents will have designated priority times. Due to the partnering with the local county, the DOD vaccination schema is not being followed. A valid base ID is required. The medical group wanted to stress there is a large volume of vaccines available to reach military, military dependents, civilians, contractors, retirees and anyone else with base access and ID.
  • Airman gives back by serving as translator for COVID vaccinations

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  • PT test pushed to July, updates to scoring, physical components ahead

    When assessments resume, the three-component fitness test (1.5 mile run, 1 minute of pushups and situps) will be reset with scores calculated on a new three component scoring table. In addition, work is underway to separate scoring into five-year age groups as opposed to the previous ten – for example, age groups will start at <25, 25-29 years old, 30-34, years old, etc.
  • AFMC releases updated telework guidance

    The Air Force Materiel Command has released an updated guide to provide employees and supervisors with a one-stop reference to policies and procedures governing telework activity across the mission set. The 25-page document covers all aspects of telework, to include eligibility, training, pay, leave and absence, equipment, documentation and more, with applicability to all AFMC telework-eligible employees.
  • COVID-19 Vaccines: Changing the course of the pandemic

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  • COVID-19 vaccine does not affect fertility, immunization experts say

    You're pregnant, or you’re breastfeeding. Should you get a COVID-19 vaccine? That’s a question on the minds of many military frontline health care workers today. The short answer is that it’s an individual’s choice, and military health experts say the vaccine is well worth considering.
  • New Defense Secretary Arrives at Pentagon, Convenes COVID Meeting

    Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III arrived at the Pentagon today and hit the ground running, greeting the senior staff and then immediately heading into meetings on combating coronavirus.
  • Free FEEA tutoring program benefits AFMC employees, families

    Air Force Materiel Command employees whose children might be losing educational ground while out of the classroom as a result of COVID-19 may be eligible for free tutoring through the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund.
  • 2021 Tinker Air and Space Show cancelled

    Tinker Air Force Base officials have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Tinker Air and Space Show.
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PROTECT YOURSELF

CDC Recommends

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.