Back to Top Skip to main content Skip to sub-navigation

Tanker medics from McConnell AFB are fighting COVID-19 in St. Paul

Military health personnel wearing face masks hugging Air Force Lt Col. Lori Walker (left), 22nd Medical Group chief nurse, says goodbye to Air Force Capt. Anderson Wiksell, 22nd Medical Group practice manager, before Walker’s deployment to St. Paul, Minnesota, April 9, 2021. Medics from every military branch are currently supporting 39 Community Vaccination Centers in 19 states across the country, not including the site McConnell’s tanker medics will staff in Minnesota (Photo by: Air Force Senior Airman Alexi Bosarge, Federal Vaccine Response).

Recommended Content:

MHS Toolkits and Branding Guidance | COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Approximately 25 tanker medics from McConnell Air Force Base 22nd Medical Group help make life-saving vaccines readily available to the American people.

The medics departed Kansas on April 9, 2021, for St. Paul, Minnesota, in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency COVID-19 response operations. They will join approximately 4,200 total-force personnel across the United States already in support of the federal vaccine effort. These personnel have already administered more than 1.9 million vaccine doses.

"Vaccination is our greatest weapon in the fight against the current pandemic," said Air Force Col. Lee Nenortas, 22d Medical Group commander. "As with almost anything in medicine, it's better to prevent than to try to cure. All of our potential vaccinators, including those of us remaining, have completed extensive training in every aspect of vaccine handling and administration."

The total-force team is supporting 39 Community Vaccination Centers in 19 states across the country, not including the site McConnell's tanker medics will staff in Minnesota.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in a news release that the vaccination site will receive 168,000 doses over the course of eight weeks, leading to more than 100,000 people being vaccinated.

The medics will be in Minnesota until further notice to help support FEMA and administer thousands of vaccines to Americans.

"It is an honor that we are able to [deploy]," said Air Force Maj. Helena Guerra, 22nd Medical Group commander of troops. "This is the first pandemic in 100 years, so to be able to help get people vaccinated and slow the spread is amazing."

COVID-19 has had a worldwide impact over the past year, making it crucial for vaccines to be widely available.

You also may be interested in...

METC celebrates 10 years training enlisted medical force

Article
6/15/2020
Students standing in auditorium

When the Department of Defense’s 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission directed nearly all enlisted medical training be collocated at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, it may have unknowingly changed the landscape of enlisted medical training for the foreseeable future. In addition to collocating, the BRAC legislation also called for training to be consolidated where possible, meaning two or more services would share curriculum and classrooms.

Recommended Content:

About | Coronavirus

DHA AI 3020.01: Return to the Workplace Staffing Plan in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Environment

Policy

This Defense Health Agency-Administrative Instruction (DHA-AI), establishes the Defense Health Agency’s (DHA) plan to return to full operations and support the whole-of-government response, during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and in preparation for regression or resurgence in COVID-19 cases that could impact the workforce.

  • Identification #: DHA AI 3020.01
  • Date: 6/12/2020
  • Type: Administrative Instructions
  • Topics: Coronavirus

MHS Beneficiaries Turn to Online Resources to Manage Personal Care During Pandemic

Article
6/12/2020
Man sitting in front of laptop

The TOL PP team added several COVID-19-related enhancements to the portal.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Defending the Homeland: Air Force International Health Specialists bring experience to pandemic response

Article
6/12/2020
Two men in masks...one in military uniform, the other casually dressed

Stepping out of your comfort zone and being part of the larger DOD mission is crucial to grow as a military medic.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Global Health Engagement

Coming together during a pandemic to provide life-giving blood.

Article
6/11/2020
Service member gives blood while wearing a mask.

Service members step up as blood drives adapt to COVID-19 guidelines

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Armed Services Blood Program

Time to Telework. How is it Working?

Article
6/11/2020
Image of man standing next to large computer screen

Whether young or old, a first-timer or seasoned teleworker, the experience has been insightful for all.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Searching for clues under the microscope to understand COVID-19

Article
6/10/2020
Researcher places a drop of fluid to slide that is under a microscope

The Joint Pathology Center plays a unique role in the fight against COVID-19

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Air Force medical recruiting up while recruiters, applicants serve their communities

Article
6/10/2020
Four  military nurses wearing masks

The pandemic is increasing unemployment rates, driving many people to seek career paths in health sciences and military medicine.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Nurses Week

Defending the Homeland: A Determined Descendant and a Navy Hospital's Response to COVID-19

Article
6/9/2020
Image of Navy captain, wearing a mask, standing next to a piece of paper on the wall

Althoff and her team at the Quality Management directorate serve as a locus of coordination for clinical support operations.

Recommended Content:

Public Health | Coronavirus | Heroes Behind the Mask

Defending the Homeland: Putting talent to work

Article
6/5/2020
Three military personnel wearing masks

One seamstress took it upon herself to create face coverings for her colleagues.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

DoD Establishes Collaborative Virus Genetic Sequencing Capability for COVID-19

Article
6/5/2020
Image of two scientists in masks looking at a computer monitor

COVID-19 sequencing process will provide military commanders and other DoD leadership with critical information to guide force health protection decision-making.

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Coronavirus | Global Emerging Infections Surveillance

Genetic sequence data for SARS-CoV-2

Infographic
6/5/2020
Infographic describing how DoD was able to conduct genome sequencing on the COVID-19 virus

Genetic sequence data for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes #COVID19, plays a vital role in force health protection efforts within the DoD. To jumpstart sequencing efforts, the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch's Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response applied a collaborative approach to sequencing capabilities. Resulting sequence data will provide critical information about transmission patterns, track diagnostic effectiveness, and guide the development and evaluation of medical countermeasures.

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Health Surveillance Division | Coronavirus | Global Emerging Infections Surveillance

Communication to ABA Providers Regarding Continued Temporary Authorization to Utilize Telehealth for CPT Code 97156 During the COVID-19 National Emergency

Publication
6/3/2020

TRICARE is announcing the continuation of the temporary exception to policy regarding the use of synchronous telehealth (TH) capabilities (both audio and video) for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Family Adaptive Behavior Treatment Guidance services specifically during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | TRICARE Health Program

Defending the Homeland: WRNMMC Operates Drive-Up Immunization Clinic

Article
6/3/2020
Nurse giving a shot to a girl; both wearing masks

Parents and others (are encouraged) to maintain their immunization health during COVID-19.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Immunization Healthcare

TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) Health Plan Reinstatement During COVID-19 National Emergency

Fact Sheet
6/2/2020

Fact sheet explaining that explaining that TRICARE Reserve Select beneficiaries now have five months to reinstate terminated coverage after their last paid-through date before a 12-month lockout period will apply.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Changes to TRICARE
<< < ... 36 37 38 39 40  ... > >> 
Showing results 526 - 540 Page 36 of 46

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.