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current situation As of June 18

As of May 25, 2021, Little Rock AFB is in Health Protection Condition ALPHA.

HPCON ALPHA includes the following actions:

  • Commanders, Civilian Leaders, and Supervisors must enforce employee mask wear for all unvaccinated individuals (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 physical distancing (3 feet-for mixed vaccinated/unvaccinated groups).
  • All Commissary patrons must possess a valid ID Card, with exception of disabled veterans/retirees needing visitor assistance to shop.
  • The Trusted Traveler program remains suspended; the Visitor Control Center remains open 24/7.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive them. 

Per the Deputy Secretary of Defense’s direction, all individuals on Little Rock AFB who are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks beyond their final dose) are no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. Please note that all personnel will continue to wear a mask when utilizing the 19th MDG Treatment Facility. 

Personnel who are not fully vaccinated will continue to wear protective face coverings, to include, public areas, Commissary, Base Exchange, and work areas.  This requirement does not apply in a Service member's or Service family member's personal residence on a military installation.  This directive applies to the following individuals:

  • Total Force Military Personnel
  • DoD Civilian Employees (Appropriated Fund and NAF)
  • Family Members
  • DoD contractors
  • All other individuals on DoD property

Please visit our Facebook page for the latest information.  You can also email us at 19aw.pa@us.af.mil

need the covid-19 vaccine?

The 19th Airlift Wing is pleased to announce that the 19th Medical Group is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible beneficiaries and personnel that work on Little Rock Air Force Base. 

The 19th Medical Group will no longer hold the COVID-19 vaccination PODs at the Walter’s Community Center on Fridays.

The COVID-19 vaccine will now be available Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm, during normal duty days at the 19th MDG Immunizations Clinic.

While walk-ins are available, members are highly encouraged to sign-up via the COVAXX App to cut down on wait times: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/LRAFB1COVIDApp/

**NOTE: Members that received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine during the ADH Clinic held on 22 May will still obtain their second dose at Walter’s on 12 June (attached), as scheduled.   

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Vaccine faqs

FAQ on COVID-19 Vaccine. To minimize call volume on clinic staff, please do not call until you have read through this FAQ, Resources, and the FAQ below. Your question may already be answered below.

Will vaccines be available at Little Rock AFB? When will they be available?
The vaccine will be distributed on base as received. DoD initially expects limited quantity and a phased delivery of COVID-19 vaccine following FDA Emergency Use Authorization. Vaccines are available. You must call to schedule an appointment.

Who will be the first to get the vaccine?
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

Who is considered fully vaccinated?
Any person who has received two doses of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is considered fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Exposure after vaccination: A fully vaccinated person who has been exposed or identified as a close contact does not require quarantine as long as they remain asymptomatic. Individuals must self-monitor, wear face masks that meets DoD specifications, and practice strict adherence to all non-pharmaceutical intervention strategies, including avoiding crowds, practicing physical distancing, hand and cough hygiene, maintaining adequate indoor ventilation, and environmental cleaning and disinfectant.

Will TRICARE beneficiaries, including retirees, have access to the vaccine at the Little Rock AFB Clinic?
The 19th Medical Group is offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to personnel that work on Little Rock Air Force Base and/or are enrolled with a Primary Care Manager at the 19th Medical Group. 

How do I sign up to get on the vaccination list?
Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine here:  Limited to the availability of supplies.

How will I know when it is my turn/how are notifications being made?
Notification of vaccine’s availability will be made through the chain of command or through public messaging. Scheduling is based on a first come, first serve basis.

Are you accepting walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine?
Walk-ins are not being accepted a practical rule. They are a rare exception for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you meet the above criteria, you should schedule an appointment to insure you have a reserved time for the vaccination. 

Will the DoD require all service members to receive the vaccine?
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.

Which Select Reserve and National Guard personnel will receive the vaccine?
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.

Will we still need to wear masks and practice physical distancing once a vaccine is available?
All individuals on Little Rock AFB who are fully vaccinated (at least two weeks beyond their final dose) are no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. If you are not fully vaccinated you must continue to adhere to base policy concerning the wearing of mask. The intent of the vaccine is to prevent the spread of COVID 19. 

How important is it to get vaccinated when the vaccine becomes available?
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.

I already had COVID-19, should I receive the vaccine?
Yes, because the duration of immunity following COVID-19 infection is unknown, and the vaccine may be effective in protecting previously infected people. 

Can someone get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
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.

Should children get the vaccine?
Current vaccine trials are being studied for the safety and efficacy for children. Although fewer children have been infected with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread COVID-19 to others. CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older to help protect against COVID-19. Children 12 years of age and older are able to get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

Will the vaccine require multiple shots?
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. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine only requires one shot.

Will Little Rock AFB be offering vaccines to DoD contractors?
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.

Where can Little Rock AFB personnel get more information on COVID-19 vaccines?
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 under "Resources" below.

What are our civilian counterparts doing to aid in vaccination?
The Arkansas State Department of Health has implemented a phased approach to vaccinations. Go to their website for more information and check the phase status of their level of need (age, essential worker status, comorbidities, etc.). Visit https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/covid-19-vaccination-plan. Additional Arkansas information can be found at https://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programs-services/topics/novel-coronavirus

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