IMPACTED SERVICES

Update as of June 24, 2021:
 
Effective Wednesday, June 24, 2020: All operations are open with limited services. CDCs and SAC services will only be provided to Mission Essential personnel.
 
CYS parents who have specific questions or concerns should email usarmy.belvoir.imcom-northeast.mbx.cyss-contact-us@mail.mil or message the Belvoir CYS Facebook page directly.
 
 
 
 

Fort Belvoir Commissary:

COVID-19 Store Policies

  1. "Early Bird" shopping hours have been rescinded to allow more time for cleaning and re-stocking of our stores.
  2. Please note that each commissary location in coordination with their installation leadership may need to implement purchase limitations on products to ensure that DeCA can meet the increased requirements and take care of all of our valued patrons.  Our commissary team is working very hard on a daily basis to re-stock the shelves as the supplies are delivered.  Once again, we appreciate your support and patience during this period.  
  3. Plexiglass shields have been installed in all checkout lanes as a protective measure.
  4. Please consider using bank-issued credit and debit, MILITARY STAR or gift cards instead of cash.  Cash-back and check-cashing transactions may be limited during this time.  
  5. Our store employees are provided with PPE (gloves and face coverings); however, employees can also use their own.
  6. The Commissary face covering requirement includes customers or anyone else entering a commissary.  This guidance does not supersede the existing installation policies.  It applies to all agency stores and other facilities worldwide where no local directive has yet been issued.
  7. The agency requires health screenings for anyone who works in CONUS commissaries – including employees, baggers and affiliated contractors – before they start their shifts.

For more information, visit the Fort Belvoir Commissary website here.

Fairfax County Public Schools Update:

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will be returning to five days a week of in-person learning in the fall.

Physical Distancing Changes:

June 11 Update: When school is not in session (or anytime students are not attending programs in the school building), individuals should follow masking recommendations in accordance with CDC Guidance, which allows for fully vaccinated individuals to participate in most activities without masking or distancing. Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated should continue to mask and distance in order to protect themselves and the people around them.  Complete details on masks and social distancing are available

Learn more on their website here.

DFMWR  COVID-19 Updates

The novel coronavirus outbreak is evolving on a daily basis. Family and MWR is working with USAG Fort Belvoir leadership to determine how the latest information affects Family and MWR facilities and events. This will result in cancellations of some events, programs and services.

Click here to view the latest list of DFMWR reopenings.

 


 

ID Card Facility Update:

Update as of 06-11-2021

The Fort Belvoir ID Card Facility has resumed normal services by appointment ONLY. 

Regular Schedule:  Monday - Thursday  from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.       Walk-In Schedule*:  Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (last CAC Walk-In at 3:30 p.m.)                                                                           Closed for lunch daily from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.                                                                                                                                                 

*Walk-In Service is for the general public. It is first come, first serve. Expect long wait times. 

Due to the high volume of patrons using this location, appointments are consumed quickly. Please monitor periodically for appointment availability and consider utilizing another NCR ID Card Facility.  

If experiencing difficulty with scheduling ID card appointments, please try other browsers (i.e., Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.), as there have been technical difficulties which are currently being worked through ID Card appointment scheduler web master.

To minimize the number of non-essential required visits, the following guidance is in effect:

The Under Secretary of Defense recently signed a memorandum dated 2 June, 2021 extending USID Cards that expired between January 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021 through:

Foreign Affiliates and their dependents through August 31, 2021

Dependents of Active Duty Uniformed Service members through October 31, 2021

Reserve and National Guard Service members and their dependents through October 31, 2021

Retirees and their dependents through January 31, 2022

Common Access Cards (CAC) were not extended.

**Please do not procrastinate with ID Card renewals as we do not anticipate further extensions.**

Common Access Cards (CAC)

- CAC transactions will be limited to initial issuance.
- CACs will not be reissued due to printed information changes (e.g., promotions, name changes).
- The policy memorandum, allowing transferring DoD civilian employees to retain their CAC, will be reissued

Uniformed Services ID Cards (USID) such as Dependent and Retiree cards

- If a cardholder's affiliation is unchanged, USID cards that expired on or after January 1, 2020, and on or before July 31, 2021, are authorized for continued benefit use through the above deadlines.
- Termination of cardholder affiliation with the DoD or termination of benefit eligibility will be verified electronically prior to confiscating an expired USID card with an expiration date on or after January 1, 2020, and on or before July 31, 2021.
- The minimum age for initial USID card issuance is increased from 10 to 14 years.
- Service-specific procedures for remote enrollment and ID card issuance are posted on www.CAC.mil/coronavirus, "DEERS Enrollment and USID Card Issuance During COVID-19."

Additional actions
- Replace lost CAC or ID Cards.
- Initial DEERS enrollment.
- Pin resets and initial DEERS enrollment are the only service that will be seen without an appointment. All other services, to include lost cards, require an appointment at this facility. There are other facilities within the NCR that may not require appointments.

Additional information on CAC and USID card issuance and renewal changes is available at www.CAC.mil/coronavirus.

Visitor Center/Gates:

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), the gate schedule has been temporarily changed. View the most recent update below:

VISITOR CENTER: Open Mon-Fri, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Closed on weekends and holidays. Visitors that need access but do not have a pass will process through the security canopy at Tulley Gate.

J.J. KINGMAN GATE: Beginning July 9th through September 30th 2021, J.J. Kingman Gate's hours of operation will change due to budgetary constraints.  The new hours of operation will be as follows starting Friday, July 9th: Mon – Fri: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m., egress (exit) only 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Closed on weekends.

TULLEY GATE: Open 24-7 (Visitors and Commercial Vehicles must use this gate)

PENCE GATE: Open 7 days a week, 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., egress (exit) is open 24-7.

FARRAR GATE (DAVISON ARMY AIRFIELD): Open 24-7 (Authorized personnel only)

LIEBER GATE: CLOSED

TELEGRAPH GATE: CLOSED

WALKER GATE: CLOSED (Expected to reopen Summer 2021)

All Commercial Vehicles/Taxi/Uber/Lyft/For Hire Vehicles will be processed at Tulley Gate's Commerical Vehicle lanes.

Please Note:  All visitors who do not have a DoD ID or an Access Pass will need to enter Tulley Gate and drive through the far-right commercial lane. To receive a expedited visitor access, click here.

 

COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs

Drugs and vaccines have to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure that only safe and effective products are available to the American public. During public health emergencies, when there is good scientific reason to believe that a product is safe and is likely to treat or prevent disease, the FDA may authorize its use through an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), even if definitive proof of the effectiveness of the drug or vaccine is not known. FDA pre-licensure approval is considered for treatment or prevention of diseases that are very serious.

The DoD is confident in the stringent regulatory process and requirements of the FDA. Manufacturers are required to submit their raw data for the FDA to review. Safety, immune response, and efficacy data from the trial stages are submitted to the FDA before they are authorized for use and distribution. Per FDA requirements, DoD will be monitoring and tracking vaccine reports of vaccine side effects through various surveillance activities both internal and external to the DoD.

Yes. Vaccination is recommended because the duration of immunity following COVID-19 infection is unknown and the vaccine may have value in protecting previously infected people. 

Yes. The intent of the vaccine is to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will still need to wear appropriate face covings and practice physical distancing in order limit the spread of the virus. Additionally, initially, we will not have enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone who wants the vaccine and COVID-19 pandemic risks will continue. We will continue to recommend wearing masks and practicing physical distancing for everyone until the pandemic risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced. We know that the vaccine is effective in preventing illness caused by a COVID-19 infection. We do not yet know if it is fully prevents asymptomatic infection and onward transmission of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Yes. The intent of the vaccine is to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will still need to wear appropriate face covings and practice physical distancing in order limit the spread of the virus. Additionally, initially, we will not have enough vaccine to vaccinate everyone who wants the vaccine and COVID-19 pandemic risks will continue. We will continue to recommend wearing masks and practicing physical distancing for everyone until the pandemic risk of COVID-19 is substantially reduced. We know that the vaccine is effective in preventing illness caused by a COVID-19 infection. We do not yet know if it is fully prevents asymptomatic infection and onward transmission of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

It will be included in your electronic health record, and you will receive a card specifying the vaccine you received.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is a two-shot regimen. The second Pfizer dose cannot be given sooner than 21 days. The initial shot by itself can provide significant benefit and protection, while the second shot provides even greater protection. Based on what we know about other vaccines in development, it will likely also lead to longer lasting immunity.

No. Individuals will receive both doses of the same manufacturer only. 

Not at this time. The vaccine is offered on a voluntary basis. Priority populations are highly encouraged to receive the vaccine. When formally licensed by the FDA, a vaccine may become mandatory for military personnel as is the case for the influenza vaccine.

Medical staff are available at the COVID Vaccine Site should you need emergency medical assistance. If you have general concerns after you leave the COVID Vaccine Site, you can contact your medical provider or the MHS Nurse Advise Line at 1-800-TRICARE, option 1. For severe symptoms, contact your Primary Care Provider or go to the emergency room. Adverse events should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) by the provider or patient at https://vaers.hhs.gov/.

You should not be concerned about any adverse effects from the shot putting your family at risk. Current data shows that about 10-15% of vaccine recipients have side effects from the COVID vaccine. These can include redness, soreness at the injection site, feeling tired, feeling generally ill and fever. It is recommended that those who have a fever stay home from work and away from their family members as much as possible. That is not because of any risk from the shot, but rather, because it is possible that someone with a fever might have a different infection, completely unrelated to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine that simply occurred at the same time as receiving the vaccine. For most people, side effects from the shot last a day or two, anything longer than that could be caused by something other than the vaccine. 

We do not know how long protection will last following vaccination but it will be critically important to measure long-term protection (at least two years) in the phase 3 trials and in other groups prioritized for early vaccination. We are still learning about the duration of protection following infection with COVID-19 and it is too early to tell how long protection will last.

The current vaccine trials have not studied the safety and efficacy for children under the age of 16 and manufactures are not currently asking the FDA for authorization to vaccinate children. COVID-19 vaccines will not be available to children until the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines has also been fully studied in children. The good news is that children tend to not get as sick or be as symptomatic as adults who have COVID-19, which likely factored into this at the national level.  

CDC and the independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have provided information to assist pregnant people with their decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. At this time, ACIP recommends that certain groups (e.g., healthcare personnel, followed by other frontline essential workers) are offered vaccination during the first months of the COVID-19 vaccination program. People who are pregnant and part of a group recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine may choose to be vaccinated. If they have questions about getting vaccinated, a discussion with a healthcare provider might help them make an informed decision.

No, it is not possible to get COVID-19 from vaccines. Vaccines against COVID-19 use an inactivated virus, parts of the virus, or a gene segment from the virus. None of these can cause COVID-19.

Yes, it is important to get the seasonal influenza vaccine. Typically every year during the winter months, influenza causes many hospitalizations and deaths, especially among the very young and very old. Before getting the COVID-19 vaccine, be sure to tell your provider about any vaccinations you have already received or are planning to get, so the best timing of your COVID-19 vaccine can be determined.

Due to a lack of data on safety and efficacy of the vaccine administered simultaneously with other vaccines, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should be administered alone with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration with any other vaccines including the seasonal flu shot.

Everyone who receives a COVID-19 vaccine will be tracked through existing medical record and readiness reporting systems.

The first vaccination sites were selected by the DoD’s COVID-19 Task Force from sites recommended by the military services and U.S. Coast Guard to best support several criteria: anticipated supply chain requirements for initially approved vaccines (i.e. ultra-cold, bulk storage facility); sizeable local population to facilitate rapid vaccine administration to priority personnel across the military services; and sufficient necessary medical personnel to administer vaccines and actively monitor vaccine recipients after initial and second-dose administration.

COVID-19 Documents

Click here to view Policy Memorandum # 17 - Exceptions to Use of Masks