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COVID-19, also referred to as coronavirus disease 2019, is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States.
 

MCAGCC Messages and Updates

 HPCON A
 Indicates "Limited Community Transmission."

MCAGCC Family,

On 4 April 2022, the Department of Defense released updated Consolidated DoD Coronavirus Disease 2019 Force Health Protection Guidance. This contained updated HPCON criteria and guidance, which aligns our HPCON status to the Center for Disease Control community transmission levels. Based on that guidance MCAGCC and the Mountain Warfare Training Center have transitioned to HPCON A.

The most significant change is inside gatherings limited to posted occupancy, and no limitations on outside gatherings. Masks are still required at all military healthcare facilities, and mask wearing is always an option for personnel that prefer to wear one to include our service members in uniform. We need to remain diligent and continue to take those actions that have helped minimize the impacts of COVID such as good sanitation, frequent hand washing and covering your mouth when you cough.

Additional information, including where to get a vaccine, and guidance regarding installation services may be found at our Combat Center COVID-19 media site at https://www.29palms.marines.mil/COVID-19/. The Combat Center will continue to provide COVID-19 information updates and make every effort to keep our Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, civilian employees, contractors, and family members informed of current risks. Thank you for your continued support.

D. A. SUGGS
Chief of Staff

 

Updates

 

News and Information

ROBERT E. BUSH NAVAL HOSPITAL VACCINE INFORMATION UPDATE

Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms is now offering appointments for the Pfizer pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to eligible pediatric DoD beneficiaries 6 months through 4 years of age.

COVID-19 vaccines are available by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (760) 830-2654.

Pfizer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccination information:

* The pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine product is available to children aged 6 months through 4 years. Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available for children 5-17 years.

* For more information on pediatric COVID recommendations, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/planning/children.html

* COVID Vaccine schedule at a glance: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/COVID-19-vacc-schedule-at-a-glance-508.pdf
 

ROBERT E. BUSH NAVAL HOSPITAL VACCINE INFORMATION UPDATE

The Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital/Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms is offering the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to all eligible DoD beneficiaries, DoD civilians, and contractors 5 years or older to include second booster doses. Vaccines are available in Clinic C in the main hospital.

To make an appointment, please call (760) 830-2654. Vaccines are available on a walk in basis Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m. subject to availability.

The online appointment request website is no longer active.

Updated second booster dose information

People ages 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.

People ages 50 years and older who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised may choose to receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first booster dose.

People ages 18-49 years who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose may receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months after the first Janssen booster dose.

For more information on COVID vaccine booster dose recommendations, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html.

Note: Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are mRNA vaccines.

 

FACE MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED AT ROBERT E. BUSH NAVAL HOSPITAL AND ADULT MEDICAL CARE CLINIC (AMCC)

As we all breathe a little easier with the easing of face-mask requirements in DoD installations and facilities, please note: Military treatment facilities and other healthcare facilities are exempt from this new guidance.

Staff, patients and visitors are still required to wear face masks to protect our patients and each other from the transmission of airborne viruses and bacteria.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work with you to provide the safest environment possible to address your healthcare needs.

 

ROBERT E. BUSH NAVAL HOSPITAL VACCINE INFORMATION UPDATE

Beginning 1 Mar 2022, patients will check in at Clinic C, the Immunizations Clinic front desk, for their COVID vaccine appointment. Appointments may be made by calling (760) 830-2654.

The appointing portal site will no longer be functioning effective 1 Mar 22.

The pediatric Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-11 and the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines and boosters will continue to be available. The CDC updated booster timelines for Pfizer and Moderna and now the Pfizer or Moderna booster can be received five months after completion of the Pfizer or Moderna primary series.

 

COVID-19 PFIZER VACCINE FOR AGES 12 AND UP

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) has informed all Military Treatment Facilities that, due to current Pfizer vaccine shortages in the Department of Defense, Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 years and up may only be given to active duty service members until further notice.

All TRICARE beneficiaries 12 years and up who currently have Pfizer vaccines appointments or who have already received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from the Robert E. Bush Naval hospital will be honored.

Beneficiaries seeking the Pfizer vaccine for 12 years and up should utilize https://myturn.ca.gov/ or https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find the nearest civilian location offering the Pfizer vaccine.

The pediatric Pfizer vaccine for ages 5-11 and the Moderna vaccine for 18 years and older are still available.

 

COVID-19 BOOSTER RECOMMENDED FOR 16 AND 17-YEAR-OLDS

Individuals 16 and 17 years of age who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech primary two-dose series are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 Pfizer booster vaccine 6 months after completing the initial series.  The CDC Director strongly encourages eligible adolescents age 16 and 17 to get their booster to strengthen protection against Omicron and other variants.

Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms is offering COVID-19 Pfizer booster doses to eligible beneficiaries and DoD civilian/contractor employees ages 16 and 17 years of age who completed the Pfizer-BioNTech primary two-dose series. This booster is available in Clinic D, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

  • Appointments can be made by using this appointing portal:  https://informatics-stage.health.mil/PalmsClinicCOVIDApp/ or by calling (760) 830-2698.
  • For more information on boosters from the CDC, please visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
  • Walk ins are welcome based on availability. 
  • Pfizer and Moderna boosters continue to be available for eligible individuals 18 years and older six months after completing the initial series. 
  • The pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available for ages 5-11 years old for eligible Tricare beneficiaries.
  • For those that received the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine initially, you are also eligible to receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster COVID-19 vaccine beginning two months after your initial J&J vaccine. We do not have J&J vaccine.  To locate a civilian location to receive a J&J booster, please check myturn.ca.gov or vaccines.gov.

 

COVID BOOSTER VACCINE RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYONE 18 YEARS AND OLDER

Did you know the CDC recommends everyone 18 years and older should get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?

Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms is offering Moderna and Pfizer booster COVID-19 vaccines to eligible beneficiaries and DoD civilian/contractor employees ages 18 years and older in Clinic D, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Pfizer and Moderna boosters are approved for use six months after completing the initial series. 
  • Appointments can be made by using this appointing portal:  https://informatics-stage.health.mil/PalmsClinicCOVIDApp/ or by calling (760) 830-2698.
  • Walk ins are welcome based on availability. 
  • The pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available for ages 5 to 11-years-old for eligible Tricare beneficiaries.
  • For more information on boosters from the CDC website, please visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html
  • For those that received the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine initially, you are also eligible to receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster COVID-19 vaccine beginning two months after your initial J&J vaccine. We do not have J&J vaccine.  To locate a civilian location to receive a J&J booster, please check myturn.ca.gov or vaccines.gov.

 

WALK-IN FLU VACCINE CLINIC STARTS DEC. 1

Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital Flu Vaccine Clinic starts December 1 in Clinic C and will be open Wednesdays, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., for TRICARE retirees and beneficiaries 6 months of age and older. Please call (760) 830-2654 for any further questions.
 

Pediatric Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

Beginning Nov. 10, 2021, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms will offer the Pediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Tricare beneficiaries ages 5-11 in Clinic D, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Appointments can be made by using the appointing portal: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/PalmsClinicCOVIDApp/ or by calling (760) 830-2698. Walk-ins are welcome based on availability.
 

Moderna and Pfizer Boosters Available at Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms

Beginning Nov. 2, 2021, Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms will begin offering the Moderna booster COVID-19 vaccine to eligible beneficiaries ages 18 years and older in Clinic D, Monday Through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pfizer COVID-19 boosters continue to be available for ages 18 and up. Pfizer and Moderna boosters are approved for use six months after completing the initial series. Walk-ins are welcome, based on availability; or, appointments can be made by using this appointing portal https://informatics-stage.health.mil/PalmsClinicCOVIDApp/ or by calling (760) 830-2698. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available for ages 12 years and older as a primary series. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine continues to be available for ages 18 and older as a primary series.

Information on the populations recommended to receive Pfizer and Moderna boosters can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

For those that received the Johnson and Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine initially, you are also eligible to receive a Pfizer or Moderna booster COVID-19 vaccine beginning two months after your initial J&J vaccine. We do not have J&J vaccine. To locate a civilian location to receive a J&J booster, please check myturn.ca.gov or vaccines.gov.

 

Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for TRICARE beneficiaries and DoD employees

The Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for TRICARE beneficiaries and DoD employees. This vaccine is for children, 12 years and older, and adults. Please call (760) 830-2698 to schedule an appointment; or, visit the Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms Facebook page and scan the QR code: https://www.facebook.com/NH29Palms.

Walk-ins are also welcome, subject to availability. Vaccines are administered in Clinic D, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

FLU SHOTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL TRICARE BENEFICIARIES

The Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital is offering the influenza vaccine, by appointment, to all TRICARE Beneficiaries with no age restrictions.

Appointments are now available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Immunizations Clinic (Clinic C). Please call (760) 830-2654 to schedule your flu vaccine appointment.

 

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE FOR TRICARE BENEFICIARIES 65 YEARS AND OLDER

Beginning Sept. 29, 2021, flu shots are available, by appointment only, for TRICARE beneficiaries 65 years and older. Please call the Immunizations Clinic, (760) 830-2654 to schedule your appointment. Appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. If you would like to receive your flu vaccine sooner, you may visit a TRICARE network pharmacy at no cost.

More information to come regarding availability of flu vaccines for other age groups.

 

THE ROBERT E. BUSH NAVAL HOSPITAL IS NOW OFFERING A 3RD DOSE OF THE MODERNA VACCINE TO ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS WITH MODERATELY TO SEVERELY WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEMS

Who Needs an Additional Dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have

  • Been receiving chemotherapy for active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood.
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system.
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency.
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection.
  • Active continuous treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response.

Talk to your clinical care team and specialist about the need to get an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine and the best timing of a 3rd dose based on your current treatment plan. This is especially important if you are about to start or restart immunosuppressive treatment. For those eligible beneficiaries with one of the above listed immunocompromising conditions, additional doses of the Moderna vaccine are available in Clinic D of the main hospital. To reach your clinical care team at the Naval Hospital, please call (760) 830-2752 or make an appointment using the DHA appointing portal at https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/ or by calling 760-830-2698. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For those immunocompromised individuals who have received an initial two doses of Pfizer, please use https://www.vaccines.gov/ to find the nearest civilian pharmacy or location to receive an additional dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Currently, the CDC does not recommend additional doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for immunocompromised individuals who received an initial dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The CDC also does not currently recommend additional doses of the vaccine for other chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, or diabetes.

For more information regarding the CDC recommendation for additional doses in immunocompromised individuals, please visit

CDC Information Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html
Moderna Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download
Pfizer Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

 

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL DOD BENEFICIARIES 18 YEARS OR OLDER

Eligibility:

  • TRICARE beneficiaries (Active Duty, AD Family Members, Retirees, Retiree Family Members)
  • DoD civilian employees
  • DoD contractors
  • Reserve personnel

To schedule an appointment for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital please visit https://informatics-stage.health.mil/COVAX/ or call (760) 830-2698. Walk-ins are also welcome at the Naval Hospital Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you are interested in receiving the Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend using myturn.ca.gov to find locations in the local area.

 

 
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