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COVID vaccination or negative COVID test required for some base access

Civilian and contractor Department of Defense employees and visitors doing business on Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., must now attest to being fully vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test result taken within the past 72 hours. These vaccination and physical access requirements do not apply to personnel visiting residential housing, the 66th Medical Squadron Clinic, the 66th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Flight customer service center, the commissary, the Exchange complex, or Morale, Welfare, and Recreation resources. (DOD Photo by EJ Hersom)

Civilian and contractor Department of Defense employees and visitors doing business on Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., must now attest to being fully vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test result taken within the past 72 hours. These vaccination and physical access requirements do not apply to personnel visiting residential housing, the 66th Medical Squadron Clinic, the 66th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Flight customer service center, the commissary, the Exchange complex, or Morale, Welfare, and Recreation resources. (DOD Photo by EJ Hersom)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Effective Nov. 23, civilian and contractor Department of Defense employees and visitors doing business on the base must attest to being fully vaccinated or produce a negative COVID test result taken within the past 72 hours.

Federal contractors and subcontractors must be fully vaccinated by Jan. 18. 2022, and must carry a DD Form 3150 to show proof of vaccination. Contractors who are unvaccinated and working on the base will be required to complete the COVID testing until they are fully vaccinated. Testing is required beginning Nov. 23 per the installation’s protocol.

These vaccination and physical access requirements do not apply to personnel visiting residential housing, the 66th Medical Squadron Clinic, the 66th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Flight customer service center, the commissary, the Exchange complex, or Morale, Welfare, and Recreation resources.

Officials urge those planning to visit the base to call ahead to ensure they have the appropriate documentation needed to access a facility.

“These workplace safety measures are another step in protecting our community, and I’m putting the onus on facility personnel to enforce these guidelines,” said Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander.

According to base officials, visitors include those seeking base access, one time or recurring, with the association of performing official Department of Defense business, such as attending a meeting.

Vaccination and physical access requirements do not apply to delivery personnel or taxi services, contract groundskeepers, fuel delivery personnel, or household goods transportation personnel.

Additional information for federal contractor employees can be found at www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/overview/.

Stephens also reiterated that the installation’s mask mandate is still in effect.

“Anyone entering a non-residential facility at Hanscom is required to wear a mask, unless alone in a fully walled-off office with doors closed,” she said.

Proof of full vaccination includes a vaccine card or digital copy of vaccination record. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after completing the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after receiving a single dose of a one-dose vaccine.

The 66th Medical Squadron is now offering single COVID booster doses for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines while limited supplies last.

Beginning Nov. 29, boosters will be available at the Immunization Clinic in Building 1900 here on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be first come, first served.  

Flu shots are also available here for base personnel on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m.

“With the holidays approaching, I highly recommend all those able to receive a booster do so,” said Lt. Col. Gough, 66 MDS public health emergency officer. “We saw a significant spike in cases last year after Thanksgiving, and we want to do everything possible to avoid another surge this year.”

Additional information on Hanscom COVID guidance and vaccine or booster availability can be found at www.Hanscom.af.mil/Coronavirus.