Joint Region Marianas acts to meet mandatory COVID vaccine requirement for DoD civilians

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Joint Region Marianas (JRM) has initiated actions to ensure full compliance with the Deputy Secretary of Defense COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued Oct. 1 requiring all Department of Defense (DoD) civilians to be fully vaccinated no later than Nov. 22, and DoD contractors by Dec. 8, subject to exemptions as required by law.

 

The mandate is consistent with President Biden’s Executive Order of Sept. 9
mandating all federal employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure
the health and safety of the workforce and members of the public with whom
they interact.

“Protecting the health of our military, civilians, and contractor personnel
is a matter of readiness and vital to our military mission,” said JRM
Commander Rear Adm. Benjamin Nicholson. “The rise of the highly
transmissible Delta variant and the speed with which it transmits among
individuals have significantly increased risk to our service members,
civilians, and family members. This additional effort is in line with our
continued proactive measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 on Guam and in
the region,” said Nicholson.

This directive specifically requires all DoD civilians and government
contractor personnel who have been issued Common Access Cards (CAC) to
attest to their vaccination status. Personnel who cannot attest to being
fully vaccinated will be subject to weekly COVID-19 testing. Individuals who
decline to be tested may face disciplinary action and will not be allowed
access to DoD facilities.

Personnel 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 COVID-19 vaccine.

Separately, on Aug. 24, a Secretary of Defense directive was issued
requiring all military active duty and reserve component service members to
be vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine against COVID-19, per NAVADMIN
190/21. To date, approximately 98 percent of active duty service members
assigned to Guam are fully vaccinated.

Joint Region Marianas and U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam are working
closely to meet the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for all service members
and CAC/DoD ID cardholders and beneficiaries.

The Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to all
eligible DoD beneficiaries/valid CAC/DoD ID card holders through USNH Guam
on a walk-in basis in Building 61 across from USNH Guam. Appointments for
the COVID-19 vaccine are not necessary.

The USNH Guam vaccination clinic schedule is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 18         Wednesday, Oct. 20              Friday, Oct. 22
8-11 a.m.                       8-11 a.m.                       8-11 a.m.
1-3 p.m.                         1-3 p.m.                         1-3 p.m.

Please visit the USNH Guam Facebook page for additional information and
updates.

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