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Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face masks, subject to the conditions below.
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated shall wear face masks continuously and maintain six feet of physical distancing to the maximum extent possible. Exceptions to this requirement:
- In your home
- In a private office with a closed door
- When outdoors and proper physical distancing can be maintained
- When actively participating in physical fitness activities either indoors or outdoors and either proper physical distancing is maintained or additional measures are implemented to mitigate the threat of transmission
- When necessary to reasonably accommodate a religious belief
- When an individual is alone in a vehicle or sharing the vehicle only with household members
- When use substantively interferes with the proper wear and use of personal protective equipment necessary for the accomplishment of one's military duties
- When personnel are in primary aircrew positions during critical phases of flight or emergencies; or when using flight crew oxygen equipment
- For brief periods of time when eating and drinking
- When clear or unrestricted visualization of verbal communication are essential to safe and effective operations
- When mask is required to be lowered briefly for identification or security purposes.
Regardless of vaccination status, masks are required at all times in facilities where the lead agency or host nation has set a more restrictive mask policy and/or in the following situations:
- Public transportation
- Correctional facilities
- Schools/childcare facilities and associated indoor activities
- Waiting/patient care areas in healthcare and veterinary facilities.
Contact your primary care provider if you feel that you have a condition that prevents you from complying with mask wear requirements.
Subordinate commanders can conduct unit based risk assessments, in consultation with unit health representatives, and may direct mask wear for fully vaccinated individuals if required.
Our updated Commanders Directive on COVID-19 Prevention is forthcoming with the mask policy changes mentioned above.
We encourage you to use your chain of command to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the updated guidance.
As of 12 Jun, CDC no longer requires air passengers traveling to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status. The CDC's order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.
We would still recommend that travelers check U.S. entry requirements and check for any travel-ready document requirements for their specific airline (to include uploading vaccination cards).
UK Travel Requirement Table (28 Feb 22)
Pre-Travel Risk Assessment Tool (CAO 4 Oct 21)
Return-Travel Risk Assessment Tool (CAO 4 Oct 21)
As the COVID-19 situation around the world changes, CDC is monitoring COVID-19 risk in each destination and making travel recommendations. If you are considering international travel, see CDC’s COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination.
If traveling outside the UK or US, consult with Public Health (DSN 226-8777) to obtain travel medicine advice and services, and enroll in the US State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (https://step.state.gov/) to ensure you get travel advisories and alerts.
Do not travel to any location without consulting with your unit Antiterrorism Representative (ATR) or Public Health Officials.
For information on UK schools, please see the following:
DOD COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION
The Department of Defense is conducting a coordinated vaccine distribution strategy for prioritizing, and administering COVID-19 vaccines that will strengthen our ability to protect our people, maintain readiness, support the national COVID-19 response, and trust in safe and effective vaccines and vaccination plan.
The allocation and distribution of the vaccine is based on prioritization and includes those providing direct medical care, maintaining essential national security and installation functions, and beneficiaries at the highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19.
The health of our force, our military and civilian employees, families and communities is a top priority. We appreciate the flexibility and patience of the community as we work within this dynamic environment. As always, you should continue to practice COVID-19 safety procedures including wearing a mask, washing your hands, practicing physical distancing and limit prolonged, close-proximity contact with those outside of your home. We will continue to keep you informed as the status changes.
We encourage all of Team Mildenhall to be educated and informed on the vaccine. See the factsheet developed by the CDC on the COVID vaccine.
The risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19 increases with age, with the greatest risk among those aged 85 or older. Adults of any age with the following conditions are also at increased risk of severe illness: Cancer; chronic kidney disease, COPD; heart disease; weakened immune system; obesity; pregnancy; sickle cell disease; smoking; and type 2 diabetes mellitus. COVID-19 is a new disease. Currently there are limited data and information about the impact of many underlying medical conditions and whether they increase risk. Talk with your provider about your individual risk factors and appropriate precautions.
DoD is confident in the stringent regulatory process and requirements of the FDA. Manufacturers are required to submit their raw data for the FDA to review. Safety, immune response, and efficacy data from the trial stages are submitted to the FDA before they are authorized for use and distribution. Per FDA requirements, DoD will be monitoring and tracking vaccine reports of vaccine side effects through various surveillance activities both internal and external to the DoD.
Because the duration of immunity from natural infection with COVID-19 is unknown, vaccine may have value in protecting people who have already had the disease. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Talk with your provider if you have been previously infected with COVID-19.
Drugs and vaccines have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that only safe and effective products are available to the American public. During public health emergencies, when there is good scientific reason to believe that a product is safe and is likely to treat or prevent disease, the FDA may authorize its use through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), even if definitive proof of the effectiveness of the drug or vaccine is not known. FDA pre-licensure approval is considered for treatment or prevention of diseases that are very serious.
Each potential recipient of COVID-19 vaccine will receive a vaccine-specific Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheet for Recipients from the FDA, which will provide the following information:
The DoD initially expects a limited quantity of COVID-19 vaccine before the end of 2020, and rolling delivery to MTFs and other health care facilities after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves the vaccine for use. When the vaccine becomes available, DoD will follow the CDC’s prioritization guidelines (framework) for distribution.
Talk to your provider or local MTF for more details about when vaccine will become available.
The DoD will offer vaccine to civilian and contractor staff with direct patient care and to those who normally receive vaccine for occupational health purposes, as authorized in accordance with DoD regulation. This may include some of those working on installations or depots or arsenals, and we are continuing to refine these populations in preparation for the additional vaccination efforts following vaccination of healthcare workers.
The Department is a global leader with unmatched ability to simultaneously protect the homeland and support domestic and international COVID-19 response efforts. As a critical partner in the U.S. government-led and coordinated global pandemic response, we are working with interagency partners to develop an implementation plan to facilitate international access to U.S. Government COVID-19 vaccines.
Currently the vaccine will be offered on a voluntary basis only due to its FDA emergency use authorization. When formally licensed by the FDA, however, the DoD may require a vaccine for military personnel or personnel in specific fields, as is the case for the influenza vaccine, but that has not been determined yet at this time.
Yes, based on DoD prioritization. While there is limited vaccine availability, vaccination distribution prioritization will focus on those providing direct medical care, maintaining essential national security and installation functions, deploying forces, and those beneficiaries at the highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19. TRICARE beneficiaries empaneled at a DoD Military Treatment Facility (MTF) are eligible to receive the vaccine at a DoD MTF. TRICARE beneficiaries who receive care at DoD MTFs on a space-available basis can alternately receive vaccine through the local civilian jurisdiction.
Yes. As the vaccine will only diminish the pandemic over time, our force health protection measures will continue. We will still need to wear cloth face covings and practice physical distancing to limit the spread of the virus. We will not have enough vaccine initially to vaccinate everyone who wants the vaccine and COVID-19 pandemic risks will continue.
Contact the COVID-19 Hotline (226-8556)
48th Medical Group, RAF Lakenheath
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