A: The vaccine is strongly encouraged for the health of our Air Force Reserve Forces, however it is not yet mandatory. Reservists are strongly encroached to get the COVID vaccination through your civilian medical provider. Reservists and beneficiaries will be eligible for the COVID vaccine based on the approved Phase/Tier prioritization. The COVID-19 vaccine is currently listed in all military members IMR profiles; however, it is not yet mandatory.
A: For members who get vaccinated off base, follow service policy guidance for recording the vaccine in your shot record; standard documentation (vaccine name or code, date received, series (dose 1 or 2), manufacturer & LOT number) should be provided to the MTF/RMU for capturing the vaccination in ASIMS.
A: The Department of Defense officials working in conjunction with the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders and service secretaries are developing a prioritization list in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure department readiness while taking care of individual service members.
A: Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) Reservists and Individual Mobilization Augmentees (IMAs) will have their vaccine ordered by the active duty vaccine coordinator since they are accounted for on the active duty Unit Manning Document (UMD).
A: We treat traditional reservists (TR's) and Individual Reservists (IRs/IMAs) who have adverse reactions to the vaccination no different than someone who gets sick/injured during a drill period. Reservists may go on voluntary medical convalescent (MEDCON) orders if necessary. If the member accepts MEDCON orders, unit may initiate a line of duty (LOD) determination.
A: They should be in military status when being administered the vaccine if/when required for military readiness. If an ART, TR or IMA is able to get the vaccine from a civilian provider and he or she voluntarily chooses to do so, he or she does not need to be in military status.
A: It depends. Currently the vaccine is not mandatory. If the member is in military status when he or she tests positive for COVID, the member could remain in military status for the duration of restriction of movement (ROM). The location of ROM (on or near the base or at home) is ultimately a command decision with SG input considering factors such as distance to home, means of travel, etc. that will provide minimal exposure to others. If, however, it is a TR that tests positive on a UTA weekend, the commander does not have the authority to require the member to ROM beyond the UTA weekend. Commanders would need to assess the risk and take other precautionary measures (e.g., send exposed individuals home, disinfect office space). In this latter case, medical convalescent orders can be offered, but MEDCON orders are voluntary.
A: Not known at this time. A DoD level operational planning team (OPT) will determine the vaccine product to fill COVID 19 vaccine orders from Reserve units. The timeline for delivery has not been determined.
A: Yes - all COVID-related expenses need to be coded with C1.
IAW DHA-IPM 20-004, Dependents of Active Duty Service members, retirees, and other eligible DoD beneficiaries are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and encouraged to access COVID-19 vaccines through MTFs or through the private sector care component of TRICARE.
COVID19 vaccine locator is now live on TRICARE.mil. Users can search all Department of Defense vaccination sites that are currently offering appointments for COVID19 vaccinations. This is a good resource for eligible beneficiaries. Link below:
The pharmaceutical companies & CDC have not published information regarding follow-on immunizations. More info on this will be pushed when received.
Reference the CDC site: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html. Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection. If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.
Per the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Coordinator and Champion Meeting, 2 Dec 20, slide 34, the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines have similar reactions ranging from a headache, fever or other systemic symptoms.
Personnel assigned or residing overseas should be captured by the distribution plan of the servicing active duty MTF.
A. To ensure adequate protection, and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, it is best to complete the series. The ACIP (Advisory Council for Immunization Practice) may provide guidance.
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