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Mask guidelines updated for vaccinated persons

Base officials announced that, effective immediately, fully vaccinated personnel here who are at least 14 days beyond their final dose are no longer required to wear facial coverings indoors or outdoors. Read the full declaration here

Pfizer vaccine approved for children 12 to 15

The 66th Medical Squadron is approved to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to people ages 12 to 15, following its emergency use authorization approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this month. Read the full declaration here

FSS Youth programs continue support to Hanscom families

Specialists from the 66th Force Support Squadron are working to develop the next steps in child care availability across the installation. Officials from the Child Development Center and School Age programs here are coordinating with public health officials to slowly increase capacity while still maintaining COVID-19 precautions. Read the full declaration here

Installation commander extends Public Health Emergency Declaration

Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander, has extended the Public Health Emergency for 90 days following the recommendation of the 66th Medical Squadron. Read the full declaration here

Vaccines appointments available at MDS facilities

The 66th Medical Squadron here has increased availability of COVID vaccine appointments for personnel with a valid Department of Defense identification card. Currently, appointments are available for both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Read the full article here

Hanscom transitions to Tier 2 vaccine eligibility 

Hanscom has expanded vaccine registration eligibility to include all base personnel in Tiers 1 and 2 as defined by the Department of Defense prioritization schema. All eligible, unvaccinated individuals with a valid DOD identification card can now schedule COVID-19 vaccinations through the Defense Health Agency Appointing Portal. Read the full article here

DHA Appointing Portal available to schedule COVID vaccines

Service members, Air Force civilian employees and TRICARE beneficiaries can now schedule COVID-19 vaccinations through the Defense Health Agency Appointing Portal. The portal can be accessed at informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/, and officials from the 66th Medical Squadron said Hanscom personnel should be able to begin scheduling first and second vaccine doses this month. Instructions to assist eligible personnel can be downloaded here. Read the full article here

MDS, CAT prepare COVID vaccine appointment portal

Officials from the 66th Medical Squadron will soon offer a COVID vaccination appointment tool to the base population. Read the full article here

Indoor, outdoor capacity restrictions ease for Commonwealth, Hanscom

Base officials announced they will ease some indoor and outdoor capacity limits here consistent with state guidelines effective March 22. Read the full article here.

VA Bedford makes COVID vaccine available to all enrolled veterans 

[Veterans Affairs] Bedford Healthcare System in Bedford, Massachusetts, officials announced this week that COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has expanded to include all veterans enrolled in VA healthcare, regardless of age. Read the full article here.

Commonwealth vaccine eligibility, base travel policy updated

The Commonwealth has expanded vaccine eligibility to persons included in Phases 1 and portions of Phase 2 of the Massachusetts vaccination plan. Read the full article here.

Public Health updates COVID vaccine status

Health professionals from the 66th Medical Squadron offered additional insight to Hanscom's ongoing COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan during a virtual town hall here Feb. 10. A list of questions and answers from this town hall session is located here. Read the full article here.

AFMC incorporates civilian personnel into existing COVID-19 surveillance testing

Air Force Materiel Command expanded its COVID-19 surveillance testing to civilian personnel at four bases including Hanscom. Testing at Hanscom is slated to begin Feb. 19. Read the full article here.

Base leaders supplement SecDef mask policy 

Senior leaders here updated the installation policy for workplace handwashing, facial coverings, cleaning and social distancing via a memo distributed Feb. 8. Read the full article here.

Public Health discusses COVID-19 vaccine status during virtual town hall 

Base leaders hosted a virtual town hall to discuss Hanscom’s ongoing COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan here Feb 4. During the one-hour session, Public Health officials fielded questions about vaccine recipient eligibility as outlined in the Department of Defense prioritization schema. A complete list of questions and answers from this session is available here. Slides from the session are available here. Read the full article here

Limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine arrives at Hanscom 

The 66th Medical Squadron began administering a limited supply of the COVID vaccine today to first responders and front-line medical personnel as outlined by the Department of Defense distribution plan. Read more here

Hanscom preparing for DOD vaccination distribution

As the Department of Defense commences COVID-19 vaccination distribution and delivery, the 66th Medical Squadron here is planning to implement it on the local level. Read more here

Season of limited-size gatherings

Public Health officials from the 66th Medical Squadron recommend personnel modify holiday celebrations in accordance with national and state guidelines. Read more here

Fitness Center opens immunocompromised room, fitness bubble

The Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center has designated space for immunocompromised patrons to workout and opened the fitness bubble for group PT sessions. Read more here

MDS arms community to battle COVID fatigue 

Officials from the 66th Medical Squadron encourage the base community to remain vigilant in the battle against COVID-19 as state guidance updates. Read more here

Commander announces new Phase 2C, transition date 

Hanscom Air Force Base plans to move into Phase 2C of the multiphase Return to Full Capacity Aug. 31. Officials say the added phase will further bridge the gap between Phases 2B and 3, and will facilitate another expansion of installation access and available services. Read more here

Fitness Center opens with restrictions in Phase 2A 

The Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center will be reopening only to active-duty military and Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders during Phase 2A of the multiphase Return to Full Capacity. Read more about this here.

Hanscom Resilience Cell

The Hanscom Resilience Cell has been created to virtually connect our total Hanscom community and to help manage and respond to the challenges of COVID-19 and physical distancing. Learn more by visiting their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/HanscomCSC/ or email HanscomResilienceCell@gmail.com with questions, ideas, concerns and needs.

                           

Key Phasing Considerations

Hanscom plans to follow a cautious, multi-phased approach.

Face coverings required where physical distancing is not possible, indoors and outdoors.

Facilities that cannot operate safely with safeguards in place will remain closed or operationally limited.

Those successfully teleworking right now would be encouraged to continue doing so.

Frequent and thorough hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand rubs is essential.

Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.

Discourage workers from using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, etc.

Maintain best housekeeping practices, including frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, equipment and work spaces.

Employees should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Restrict the number of personnel entering isolation areas.

Minimize contact among workers, clients and customers by replacing face-to-face meetings with virtual comm, when possible.

 

CLEANING/DISINFECTION OF OFFICES
As a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings, the 66th Medical Squadron currently recommends workplace cleaning procedures outline in Center for Disease Control guidelines found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html.

 

             

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Medical Information

DoD Vaccine Distribution Schema

COVID Vaccine: FAQs

Keep up with COVID-19 updates by following the 66th Medical Squadron on Facebook. COVID-19 questions can be addressed to the Public Health office at 781-225-6295 or by email at usaf.hanscom.66-abg.list.publichealth@mail.mil.

Hanscom AFB Clinic

Due to COVID-19, all services at the clinic require scheduling, including those that have previously been provided on a walk-in basis (for example, lab, immunizations, medical records, etc.). Call 781-225-6789 to be connected to the appropriate section before coming to Hanscom Clinic.  

Calling ahead for pharmacy prescriptions by calling 781-225-6173 is encouraged. This will minimize your wait time at the pharmacy. The Hanscom Clinic Pharmacy hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Beneficiaries who rely on the Hanscom Clinic for primary care should contact the clinic at 781-225-6789 if they are experiencing symptoms or have specific concerns they believe might be related to COVID-19. Base personnel who are not enrolled to Hanscom Clinic should contact their primary care provider with health-related questions and concerns.

Protect Yourself

CDC Recommends
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 face mask.
    • Wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Cloth face coverings may slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
  • 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 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.