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446th Airlift Wing hosts COVID-19 vaccine Q&A forums

Military doctor speaks to Airmen in an auditorium

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Maj. (Dr.) Vin Gupta, 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron and Critical Care Air Transport Team Doctor, discusses the benefits of being fully-vaccinated to Airmen of the 446th Airlift Wing at a COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A forum during the Unit Training Assembly Sept. 11, 2021, at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. Gupta addressed Airmen on their concerns with the COVID-19 vaccines and answered their questions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Paolo Felicitas)

Airman sits with baby in auditorium

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Service members and their families attend a 446th COVID-19 Q&A forum at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington on Sept. 12, 2021. The 446th Airlift Wing hosted four COVID-19 Q&A forums during the September unit training assembly in effort to provide vaccine-relation information to Reserve Citizen Airmen. Service members had the opportunity to ask questions to medical, chaplain, and legal experts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nije Hightower)

Airman briefs airmen on COVID-19 vaccine.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Maj. (Dr.) Jacob Jerdon, 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron physician, speaks with Reserve Citizen Airmen about COVID-19 and the vaccine at a forum on Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington on Sept. 12, 2021. The 446th Airlift Wing hosted four COVID-19 Q&A forums in effort to provide vaccine-relatied information to Reserve Citizen Airmen. Service members had the opportunity to ask questions to medical, chaplain, and legal experts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nije Hightower)

Airman shows powerpoint slide.

Maj. (Dr.) Jacob Jerdon, 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron physician, speak with to service members about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines during a forum on Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington on Sept. 12, 2021. The 446th Airlift Wing hosted four COVID-19 Q&A forums in effort to provide vaccine-related information to Reserve Citizen Airmen. Service members had the opportunity to ask questions to medical, chaplain, and legal experts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nije Hightower)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

The 446th Airlift Wing hosted COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A Forums here Sept. 11 and 12 in an effort to provide as much information and discuss misconceptions to Reserve Citizen Airmen.

“Most Americans get their statistics from social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,” said Maj. (Dr.) Jacob Jerdon, 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron physician to attendees. “We want to report the facts.”

The 446th medical, chaplain, and legal experts were on hand to answer questions to more than 125 attendees.

“As a key factor in our readiness and war fighting mission, the health and wellbeing of our Reserve Citizen Airmen is of the utmost importance to me, my staff and our nation’s defense”, said by Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, Chief of the Air Force Reserve and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command.

In addition to the forums, 446th AMDS held mass vaccination lines for the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY COVID-19 vaccine at the McChord Field Base Theater during the September Unit Training Assembly.

Reserve Citizen Airmen can also receive the COVID-19 vaccine through a civilian provider. Those who choose to do so must submit immunization proof to the 446th AMDS.

To meet readiness requirements and maintain the health of the force, Air Force Reservists must be fully vaccinated, in the process of becoming fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption by Dec. 2.

To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Air Force Reserve Command Vaccine FAQs at https://www.afrc.af.mil/COVID-19/Vaccine-Information/.