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Secretary of Defense Mandates COVID-19 Vaccinations for Service Members
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III yesterday issued a memorandum directing mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for service members, a Pentagon official said today. John F. Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said only Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccines will be mandatory. Dated August 25, 2021.
Biden to Approve Austin's Request to Make COVID-19 Vaccine Mandatory for Service Members
By mid-September, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will request a waiver from President Joe Biden to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for service members, Pentagon Press Secretary John F.
Austin Seeks Presidential Approval for Mandatory Troop Vaccinations by Mid-September
The COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory for service members by mid-September, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said in a message to the force.
Top Military Medical Doctor Predicts Coronavirus Longevity
August 4, 2021: COVID-19 and other such coronaviruses likely will stay in the environment and continue to mutate, Army Lt. Gen. Ronald J. Place, director of Defense Health Agency, said speaking at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update (as of August 2, 2021)
Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 22) - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Surveillance and Screening Testing
Recently, the department released Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 22) - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Surveillance and Screening Testing.
Updated Mask Guidance for the Pentagon Reservation
Effective immediately, in accordance with CDC guidelines and DoD direction, the Director of Administration & Management has directed that service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask in an indoor setting in installations and other facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by DoD in the Pentagon Reservation. Dated July 28, 2021.
Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 2 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Laboratory Testing Services
The department released the memo for the Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 15) Revision 2 - Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Laboratory Testing Services. Dated July 27, 2021.
Pentagon Reservation Transitions to Health Protection Condition Alpha
The Pentagon Reservation will reduce its Health Protection Condition, from Bravo to HPCON Alpha, effective 5 a.m. EDT Friday, July 9.
COVID-19 Pandemic Not Over, Concerns Over Delta Variant Growing
Nearly 68% of active duty personnel have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with at least one dose. But that still leaves many service members vulnerable to the delta variant of the virus, health officials at the Pentagon said. Dated June 30, 2021.
COVID-19 Effects Waning Across Defense Department, Pentagon
By Wednesday, the restrictions on Pentagon personnel that were the result of COVID-19 will lift a bit, providing the ability for more personnel to work in the building and for larger numbers of people to gather in one location, the Pentagon press secretary said during a briefing today. Dated June 21, 2021.
Department of Defense Extends Uniformed Services Identification Card Expiration Policy Guidance
In its ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on identification (ID) card site operations, effective immediately, the DoD is extending temporary Uniformed Services ID (USID) card expiration policy guidance for all USID cards with expiration dates between January 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021, dated June 7, 2021.
DOD Awards $56 Million Contract to Rhino Health, Inc. to Increase Domestic Production Capacity of Nitrile Gloves
The Department of Defense (DOD), on behalf of and in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded a $56 million contract to Rhino Health, Inc. to increase domestic production of nitrile gloves, dated May 18, 2021.
Memorandum on Updated Mask Guidelines for Vaccinated Persons
Memorandum for Senior Pentagon Leadership Commanders of the Combatant Commands Defense Agency and DOD Field Activity Director. The memorandum provides guidance on the use of masks and other public health measures, dated May 13, 2021
Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 20) - Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
The Department of Defense released the memorandum for Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 20) – Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. This memorandum supplements requirements in references (a) through (c) and rescinds and replaces Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Memorandum “Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 14) – Department of Defense Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic, December 29, 2020.
Clinic Doors Open Wide for Those Wanting COVID-19 Vaccine
As of today, just about any adult in DOD can get a COVID-19 vaccine if they want one. That includes military personnel, adult dependents, retirees and civilians. Dated April 19, 2021.
Entire Force May Be Vaccinated for COVID-19 by Early Summer
Defense Department officials have said the department will be ready to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible beneficiaries by May 1, in keeping with a White House announcement that on that date, all Americans will be able to get vaccinated if they want to. Dated March 26, 2021.
Top Defense Official Calls Military's COVID Effort 'Phenomenal'
Combating COVID-19 is "Job 1" for the entire government, President Joe Biden said when he took office; DOD is doing its part. Dated March 23, 2021.
DOD Health System Archives COVID-19 Vaccination Data
MHS GENESIS, the Defense Department's new electronic health record system, has recently created a large digital record of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to service members and their families. Dated March 17, 2021.
Update to Conditions-Based Approach to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Personnel Movement and Travel Restrictions
The department released the Update to Conditions-based Approach to Coronavirus Disease 2019 Personnel Movement and Travel Restrictions memorandum. Dated March 16, 2021.
DOD Identifies More Troops to Help Administer COVID-19 Vaccine
The Defense Department has identified additional personnel authorized to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency in administering COVID-19 vaccinations at community vaccination centers around the country. Dated March 6, 2021
Secretary of Defense Addresses Vaccine Hesitancy in Military
After a tour of a mass COVID-19 vaccination site in Los Angeles, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin addressed the hesitancy that some service members have about getting the vaccine. Dated February 25, 2021
DOD Officials Testify on National Guard's COVID-19 Response
Robert G. Salesses, performing the duties of assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security; Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeff Taliaferro, vice director of operations for the Joint Staff; and Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven S. Nordhaus, director of operations at the National Guard Bureau, testified before the House Armed Services Committee about DOD's evolving role in responding to COVID-19.
Research Program Leads DOD Participation in STORM CHASER Study
STORM CHASER, a study led in the Military Health System by the Uniformed Services University's Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program, seeks to find out if COVID-19 could be prevented in those who have currently been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Biden Administration Purchases Additional Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines From Pfizer and Moderna
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DOD) have purchased an additional 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from both Pfizer Inc. and Moderna Inc. to help meet demand for COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Dated February 11, 2021
DOD Announces Use of Masks and Other Public Health Measures
Memorandum for Senior Pentagon Leadership Commanders of the Combatant Commands Defense Agency and DOD Field Activity Director. The memorandum provides guidance on the use of masks and other public health measures, dated February 4, 2021
DOD Announces Use of Masks and Other Public Health Measures
On February 4, 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III signed a memo that, effective immediately, directs all individuals on military installations and all individuals performing official duties on behalf of the Department from any location other than the individual’s home, including outdoor shared spaces, to wear masks in accordance with the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
Undersecretary of Defense (A&S) and CEO of IDFC Sign Memorandum of Agreement
On June 22nd, the Honorable Ellen Lord announced a joint memorandum of agreement between the Department and U.S. International Development Finance Corporation to utilize $100 million of the department’s CARES Act spend plan to provide a subsidy for multiple federal loans to create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore domestic industrial base capabilities to support the national COVID-19 response.
Identification Of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response (Version 3.1, dated 19 May 2020)
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security, provides key information for critical infrastructure workers. Update: Version 3.1 dated 19 May 2020
Undersecretary Of Defense (A&S) Ellen Lord Holds a Press Briefing on COVID-19 Response Efforts
Transcript of Press Briefing - Undersecretary Of Defense (A&S) Ellen Lord, On COVID-19 Response Efforts, dated 30 April 2020
Guidance for Grantees and Applicants Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis
Watch the webinar conducted on 14 April 2020 by OEA leadership discussing administrative relief for grantees and applicants impacted by COVID-19.
Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 [Update: April 17, 2020]
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security, provides key information for critical infrastructure workers. Update: Version 3.0 dated 17 April 2020
Managing Defense Contracts Impacts of the Novel Coronavirus
Memorandum, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense, signed by Mr. Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting. The memorandum provides regulatory guidance for businesses to ensure the health of the industrial base, dated 30 March 2020.
DOD's Military OneSource, Family Readiness, Spouse Programs Available During COVID-19
DOD Press Release provides useful resources to the military family during the COVID-19 crisis, dated 24 March 2020
FEMA Releases Information Regarding National Guard Title 32 Status
FEMA Press Release provides updated Title 32 information, dated 20 March 2020
Guidance for the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Memorandum from The Honorable Ellen Lord, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S), dated March 20, 2020