Coronavirus Disease 2019: COVID-19

» Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Vaccine (updated January 12, 2021)

» Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve (updated December 22, 2020)

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COVID-19 Questions with Col. Kate Flocke
Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe? How many iterations will I need of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Is it possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine? Will we still need to wear masks and practice physical distancing once a vaccine is available? What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Is the vaccine safe for women who are pregnant or breast feeding? Why should I get the vaccine? Is the vaccine safe for people who have had COVID-19?
Where can I get the vaccine? How long will the vaccine last? Where can I go with questions?
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COVID-19 VACCINE Q&A

SPOTLIGHT
Maj. Gen. Alberto Rosende, commanding general, 63rd Readiness Division and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick McKie, command sergeant major, 63rd RD speak about what it means to get the COVID19 vaccine while at the medical aid station on Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, Calif. In an effort to change the the environment and enable the readiness of Soldiers, civilians, and communities in which Soldiers live in or interact with, the 63rd RD leadership is taking the steps necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus. As the leadership of the 63rd RD spoke about the COVID19 vaccine, they mentioned why they received the vaccine along with their family.
U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Claudia Aparcana, a nurse assigned to Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 328-1 providing COVID-19 support at Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, Ariz., talks about her time working with civilian counterparts at Yuma Regional Medical Center, Feb. 03, 2021. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the whole-of-government COVID-19 response. (U.S. Army video by Master Sgt. Helen Miller)
In this episode of AR/60: The COVID- 19 vaccine is starting to arrive at Military Treatment Facilities. Right now, it is voluntary. First priority are USAR medical personnel on active duty supporting COVID-19 response operations, such as Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces (UAMTFs). Final priority is to other USAR units determined by the availability of vaccines and prevalent COVID risk factors. Please note that the vaccine is a two dose series. It is very important that you receive the vaccine from the same manufacturer for both doses and at the specified time, which will vary between manufacturers. All TPU Soldiers can receive the vaccine at any local Military Treatment Facility. The Army Reserve is working to partner with over 100 U.S. wide vaccinations facilities to make the vaccine as available as possible. Soldiers and Army Civilians will still need to wear masks even after receiving the vaccine until pandemic risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced. Even if you have already had COVID-19, it’s still recommended to receive the vaccine because the duration of immunity is unknown. The vaccines use inactivated virus, parts of the virus or a gene from the virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.
Spc. Evan McBee, medic, puts a bandage on Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, after administering the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination at the Womack Army Medical Center, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jan. 11, 2021. “The vaccine is supported by science. If I play roulette and contract the virus, I could be asymptomatic or on a respirator. I don’t want to risk finding out where in the spectrum I’ll fall. I want to protect myself, my family and my co-workers,” said Daniels.
The primary role of medical logistics is to get the vaccines to the customer and in this case it's the COVID-19 vaccination. Maj. Thomas Hudspeth, medical logistics office in charge, 3rd Medical Command, explains the process once the vaccine arrives to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (U.S. Army video by Sgt. 1st Class Noel Gerig, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
Recently, Army Reserve Soldiers from the 209th Regional Support Group, 76th Operational Response Command, held a four-day collective training event where they maintained strict COVID-19 mitigation procedures and protocols to keep their Soldiers safe from the virus. Take a look at the safety measures and procedures used to keep Soldiers safe during their collective training event. ( U.S. Army Reserve video by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)
As 2020 comes to a close, we reflect on COVID-19 and the Army Reserve's response to the pandemic with one of the largest domestic mobilizations in its history. Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces are formed to mobilize Soldiers with an array of medical expertise to hotspots across the country. At the height of the response, more than 3,000 Soldiers are in the fight.
Nearly 100 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 76th Operational Response Command recently conducted a four-day collective training exercise keeping COVID-19 risk mitigation on the forefront of the event. This video shows some of the measures the command took to keep Soldiers safe from the threat of COVID-19 while still conducting collective training. (Official U.S. Army Video by Sgt. 1st Class Brent C. Powell)
In the fight against COVID-19, it's not only important to choose the right mask but also to wear it properly. Cover both your mouth and your nose. You may be asymptomatic and infect others without knowing it. Your mask protects others. Their masks protect you. Take the fight seriously. Wear your mask.
Lt. Gen. Jody Daniels, chief of Army Reserve and commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command, wants you to not let your guard down as the holiday season approaches. COVID-19 is still a threat, and Soldiers and civilians should continue to take appropriate measures to keep others and themselves safe. Wear face masks, wash your hands and maintain social distance.
This video takes a humorous look at the unfortunate ways in which people sometimes wear their masks improperly. In the fight against COVID-19, it's not only important to chose the right mask but also to wear it properly. Cover both your mouth and your nose. You may be asymptomatic, but could still infect others without knowing it. Your mask protects others. Their masks protect you. Take the fight seriously. Wear your mask.
Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force members chronicle their experiences on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. These Soldiers use their medical knowledge to support hospitals in the hardest hit areas of the United States. Special thanks to Capt. Paola Perez Hamilton, 1st Lt. Michael Dolan and 1st Lt. James Ennis. Video production by Spc. Maria Casneiro.
Video captures the 377th TSC response in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency through U.S. Army North to fight COVID-19.
The 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) Operational Command Post (MC(DS) OCP), 807 MEDCOM, deployed from Fort Douglas, Utah, in support of the Department of Defense COVID-19 response. The Soldiers left behind masks worn on their mission to the U.S. Army Medical Museum, Fort Sam Houston Texas. These Soldiers answer this question: “If your masks could tell a story, What would they share about this fight?”.
Episode 1: Binson attempts to figure out what social distancing is and why it's an important guideline for children to follow. Binson is an energetic and lovable character who teaches children important lessons about COVID-19 and other issues through his playful exploration. Through such play, he finds the reasons for the guidelines that Army Reserve Families should follow. These short shows are intended for children of all ages.
A "friendly" drill sergeant roams the hallways of the U.S. Army Reserve Headquarters building at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to remind Soldiers of social practices in the fight against COVID-19. As military personnel begin to return to the office in the coming weeks or months, it's important to continue proper hygiene with 20 seconds of hand-washing and protecting one another by wearing a face mask while interacting with fellow service members in close environments when 6 feet of distancing is not possible.
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army is implementing Department of Defense guidance on the use of cloth face coverings. Soldiers, family members, Army civilian employees and contractors should follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings or where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Learn more at the link below about when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.
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COVID-19 FACTS

WHAT IS IT?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified.  Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease never seen before in humans.  It is different from other human coronaviruses that cause the common cold.

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PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: Avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; wash hand with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE

Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to stop or limit the spread of disease.

» Isolation is used to separate ill persons who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy. Isolation restricts the movement of ill persons to help stop the spread of certain diseases. For example, hospitals use isolation for patients with infectious tuberculosis.

» Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Quarantine can also help limit the spread of communicable disease.

Isolation and quarantine are used to protect the public by preventing exposure to infected persons or to persons who may be infected.

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IN THE NEWS

Appenzeller emphasizes: Get COVID-19 vaccine, no matter where
Army Lt. Col. David Sartori (right) forensic toxicology director at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, explains forensic equipment to Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) George “Ned” Appenzeller, now the DHA Combat Support assistant director, during a visit there in July 2020.
April 20, 2021 - Army Major Gen. (Dr.) George "Ned" Appenzeller would love it if the military administered every COVID-19 vaccine to every service member. But the assistant director for combat support at the Defense Health Agency told those...

One Year Later: Military Historians Continue to Document Army’s COVID Response
Army Reserve Capt. Melissa Powers, officer in charge, 90th Military History Detachment, conducts an historical interview while at Navajo Nation in Gallup, N.M., Feb. 18, 2021. Interviews such as this allow Powers and the 90th MHD team to provide a complete historical picture to the U.S. Army's COVID-19 response. Since being mobilize in April 2020, the 90th MHD has conducted more than 100 historical record interviews.
April 7, 2021 - Documenting the U.S. Army’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has been the mission of military historians from the 88th Readiness Division for the past year, and is scheduled to continue through the end of 2021. The...

Fort Hunter Liggett administers its first COVID-19 vaccines
Fort Hunter Liggett Garrison Commander, Col. Charles Bell and his command team were among the first in line for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, administered by FHL paramedics and overseen by medical personnel at the Presidio of Monterey, March 24, 2021.
March 31, 2021 - U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County administered its first round of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to the workforce and tenants at the post medical clinic, March 23-25, 2021. The first wave of Soldiers...

From Marine Corps logistics officer to Army Reserve critical care nurse serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 fight; a life of dedicated service
U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Tanisha Nagel, a registered nurse with U.S. Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 328-1 assigned to support Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz., inputs her patient’s vitals into the hospital computer system, Jan. 30, 2021. After only one year of being in the Army Reserve, Nagle is mobilized under the 807th Medical Command (Deployment Support) as a member of UAMTF 328-1 to provide COVID-19 military medical relief alongside civilian counterparts at YRMC. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, remains committed to providing flexible Department of Defense support to the whole-of-government COVID-19 response.
March 23, 2021 - From a United States Naval Academy graduate to a Marine Corps Logistics Officer in Iraq, to now serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Critical Care Nurse for the United States Army Reserve, Capt. Tineisha...

Army chaplains given facts, science regarding COVID-19 vaccines
Army Reserve Maj. Nathan Fisher, who deployed with the
March 23, 2021 - A U.S. Army Central Command microbiologist briefed the development history of the three major COVID-19 vaccines to a contingent of U.S. Army chaplains and their enlisted Army religious affairs specialists at a meeting held...

LOGCAP Support Brigade completes various vital missions during COVID-19
Sgt. 1st Class Jack Riley, LSB, Detachment 11, checks the fuel gauge for the power generation to provide uninterrupted power to the site as part of the monthly Contracting Officer’s Representative inspection. Courtesy photo
March 23, 2021 - The Logistics Civil Augmentation Program Support Brigade (LOGCAP) was tasked to help stop the spread of COVID-19 based on its contracting oversight skills and technical expertise in logistics. Within a short time from its...

San Antonio Army Reserve Nurse assists with Federal COVID response in Arizona
Maj. Catherine A. Celeski, an Army Reserve critical care nurse from San Antonio, Texas, mobilized in mid-December 2020 with Army Reserve Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force 328-1 to assist the Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona. Urban Augmentation Medical Task Forces are examples of U.S. Northern Command’s commitment, through U.S. Army North, to providing flexible Department of Defense support for the whole-of-government COVID-19 response.
March 15, 2021 - Although more and more Americans are receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, there are a number of military medical professionals are still being mobilized to augmenting hospitals across the nation that continue to have a high number...

Camp Arifjan senior leaders show confidence during one-shot COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Maj. Gen. Patrick Hamilton, the commanding general of Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry, deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, as the commanding general of Task Force Spartan braces for his one-dose Janssen Biotech COVID-19 vaccine during the camp's March 13, 2021 rollout of Operation Med Spear. Unlike other COVID-19 vaccines, the Janssen vaccine does not have to be frozen in transit, which makes it easier to distribute to Soldiers deployed overseas. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neil W. McCabe)
March 13, 2021 - Senior military leaders here joined the March 13 rollout of Operation Med Spear, which is the expansion of COVID-19 vaccination for all civilian and military personnel in the U.S. Central Command footprint."Operation Med...

Michigan CVVT supports first and second COVID-19 vaccination dose clinic
U.S. Army Private First Class Allyson Olson, a combat medic with 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Michigan Army National Guard currently serving with Michigan National Guard’s COVID-19 Vaccination Testing Team, Task Force Bronco, administers a COVID-19 vaccination during a community based COVID-19 vaccination event, Coldwater, Michigan, Feb. 18, 2020. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Michigan National Guard have been working together throughout the pandemic to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations across the state for Michiganders.
Feb. 23, 2021 - The Michigan National Guard recently supported a tri-county mass vaccination clinic during a community-based first and second vaccination dose event.“We are doing a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic today,” said David Fowler,...

Medical command volunteers support VA COVID-19 vaccine effort
Veteran's line up to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the Atlanta VA vaccine drive-thru, 13 February, 2021. Volunteer’s from the 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support) and AMEDD Professional Management Command supported the Atlanta VA’s, Covid vaccine drive-thru. The VA was able to vaccinate over 2,400 Veterans during the drive-thru and over 400 more Veterans in their Vaccination Center
Feb. 16, 2021 - “It was and an honor to volunteer at this medical event that will protect our Veterans from this deadly virus that destroyed so many lives,” said Col. Janet Ross, G3, 3d Medical Command (Deployment Support).Volunteer’s from...

Army Reserve Medical Command unit undertakes COVID isolation and quarantine mission at Fort Bliss
Spc. Riley Callery, a U.S. Army Reserve combat medic from Helena, Montana, conducts a COVID-19 test on a Soldier at Forward Operating Base Westbrook, near McGregor Range, New Mexico. Callery is one of 35 Army Reserve Medical Command Soldiers from the 7407th Troop Medical Clinic that have mobilized to support COVID-19 isolation and quarantine missions in Texas and New Mexico.
Feb. 16, 2021 - Thirty-five Army Reserve Medical Command Soldiers have mobilized to support COVID isolation and quarantine missions in Texas and New Mexico. The team from Detachment 2 of the 7407th Troop Medical Clinic arrived at Fort Bliss,...

310th ESC CG looks back on successful mobilization to Kuwait under COVID-19 protocols
Commanding General of the 310th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Brig. Gen. Justin Swanson said he is convinced from his experience mobilizing the 310th ESC to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, under COVID-19 conditions was that many of the COVID-19 mitigations will continue after the pandemic has passed. Swanson first enlisted in the Louisiana National Guard and served there as a combat medic before he was commissioned in 1993. (Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Noel Gerig, 1st TSC Public Affairs)
Feb. 10, 2021 - The commanding general of the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command said it was a tremendous challenge to successfully mobilize and deploy his Army Reserve unit here under a strict COVID-19 environment...

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