From the Command Team
Fort Leonard Wood updates mask guidance
Face masks are now optional for most personnel indoors on Fort Leonard Wood, regardless of vaccination status. Personnel will still need to wear a mask in all DOD medical and dental facilities, while in DOD transportation (including LRC provided troop transport), in all public transportation and in Child Development Centers (pending CDC updated guidance). Personnel with symptoms, a positive test or direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 are also required to wear a mask when indoors.
As a force health protection mitigation, IET Trainees not fully vaccinated (class cohorts who have received first dose at reception and pending second dose) are still required to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth on the installation, to include any indoor common areas (e.g. bathrooms, classrooms) or shared spaces. Face masks are optional for IET Trainees not fully vaccinated post class cohort reaching fully vaccinated status
Waynesville R-VI Schools located on Fort Leonard Wood will continue using the risk mitigation matrix currently in place for Waynesville R-VI School District.
Vaccinations for TRICARE beneficiaries, and DoD civilians and contractors, are available at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and the PX Clinic. Appointments can be made by calling the appointment line: (866) 299-4234 or by using the app: https://informatics-stage.health.mil/GLWACHCOVIDApp/.
For all previous town halls, check the Town Halls and Articles Tab.
Visit the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Immunization Clinic COVID Vaccine Program page HERE.
COVID-19 vaccine candidates are being offered through the Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine is being administered to DoD uniformed service members, both the active and Selected Reserve components, including members of the National Guard; dependents; retirees; civilian employees, and selected DoD contract personnel as authorized in accordance with DoD regulation. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects yourself, your family, your community and our nation. To learn more about the phased plan and DoD priorities, visit: www.health.mil/COVIDVaccine.
To get the vaccine:
COVID-19 vaccine is now available for all eligible beneficiaries who are seeking the COVID-19 Vaccine. This includes Active Duty Service Members, current DoD Civilians or ANY DoD TRICARE / Direct Care Beneficiary.
How do you schedule:
The Immunization clinic (1st floor, within Leonard Wood Medical Home) is vaccinating for COVID-19 on a “by appointment only” basis and appointments can be made by calling the appointment line at: 866-299-4234. If this is your second/follow up vaccination, please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card with you. If you have to cancel or reschedule we ask that you please call the appointment line at least 24 hours prior. This allows us to manage our inventory of vaccine and eliminate the risk of having unused doses.
Effective Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, GLWACH will no longer offer Pfizer as an option for boosters. The Pfizer vaccine will only be available to Service Members for compliance with the vaccine mandate. GLWACH will offer Moderna as the only option for boosters beginning around Jan. 27, 2022.
PX COVID-19 Clinic: Walk-in clinic; no appointment necessary. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. If this is your second/follow up vaccination, please bring your COVID-19 vaccination card with you.
Q/A with Col. Aaron Bohrer, MSCoE G3 and Col. Aaron Pitney, GLWACH commander
Col. Aaron Pitney, GLWACH commander, opening remarks during a media round table
“Don’t pass along rumors. Make sure you are talking in terms of facts, making sure you have the right information from the CDC and checking in with your leadership and chain of command.”
Gen. Mark Miley
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis, and we can stop the spread of disinformation by always choosing trusted sources of information such as:
To further prevent misinformation and protect service members, families and the public, DoD established a rumor control website. The site provides the answers to common myths circulating about COVID-19.
Rumor: The COVID-19 vaccines will tamper with your DNA.
Fact: : That rumor is baseless. mRNA provides a set of instructions to your cells to create an immune response specific to COVID-19. Medical doctors independent of the vaccine development teams have verified that using mRNA will not alter the DNA of our body's cells. The COVID-19 vaccines were created through mRNA technology. They do not introduce DNA into your body.
This rumor is false even for the Janssen vaccine, which uses viral vector (carrier) technology aided by an modified adenovirus. The vector used in Janssen’s vaccine is a harmless adenovirus (like the common cold) that has been modified so it won’t be able to replicate or cause illness.
Rumor: Microchip hardware will be used in a vaccine to track Americans.
Fact: There will not be any tracking mechanisms inside of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Rumor: More people are dying from the vaccine than COVID.
Reports of death after COVID-19 vaccination are rare. More than 339 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through July 19, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 6,207 reports of death (0.0018%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. FDA requires healthcare providers to report any death after COVID-19 vaccination to VAERS, even if it’s unclear whether the vaccine was the cause. Reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem. A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records, has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines. However, recent reports indicate a plausible causal relationship between the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and TTS, a rare and serious adverse event—blood clots with low platelets—which has caused deaths.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I currently have a positive COVID-19 infection
People with a COVID-19 positive test result or illness symptoms should wait to be vaccinated until they recover and meet the criteria for discontinuing isolation. This also applies if you get COVID-19 between a first and second vaccine dose.
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines?
Yes. Your health care provider can help you figure out which vaccines you need to get up to date.
Can receiving a COVID-19 vaccine cause you to be magnetic?
No. Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic, including at the site of vaccination which is usually your arm. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection. All COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals.
Harper Clinic hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for testing and screening. Harper will utilize PCR, antigen, and presumed positive memos for dispositioning individuals. Because of supply limitations, Harper personnel will conduct screening and ONLY test as appropriate. The Acute Minor Illness Clinic (limited to Tricare Beneficiaries ONLY) and the Emergency Department will only be conducting COVID testing when clinically indicated.
COVID-19 testing is available for service members, TRICARE beneficiaries, and DoD employees and contractors at the Acute Minor Illness Clinic (AMIC) from 2. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday. The AMIC is located across from the Emergency Room on the first floor of General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.
For more information on the AMIC or COVID-19 testing—or if there has been positive cases identified in your area—please call (573) 596-9602. Please note: the AMIC does not provide testing for those who need a COVID-19 test for leisure travel.
For Vaccine information from GLWACH, see the Vaccine Links/Information Tab.
When checking-in, please let staff know immediately if you are experiencing a fever, cough, runny nose or shortness of breath. This allows us to quickly mitigate any risk to our staff, patients and visitors. We want to collaboratively partner with you to ensure GLWACH is a safe and comfortable facility for everyone.
HPCON level : Alpha
The 2019 coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The coronavirus is a new virus and part of a large group of viruses that infect people and while normally causing a mild respiratory disease - such as the common cold - it can potentially be deadly. Signs and symptoms of this coronavirus illness include fever, cold spells, cough, difficulty breathing, chills and muscle pains. Be advised that this is cold and flu season, and the coronavirus shares similar symptoms to both these illnesses.
• Person-to-person spreads mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread.
• Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure
• No vaccine or treatment but current mortality rate is low
• Recovery for average healthy adult is 7-14 days
Preventive Measure Tips/Guidelines:
There are simple everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
• Avoid seasonal influenza by getting your annual influenza shot from your healthcare provider.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home while you are sick.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Army COVID-19 Info
Army Medical and Support Guidance can be found online at https://www.army.mil/covid-19/#resources
U.S. Army Medical Command COVID-19 Hotline provides trusted information and resources, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
COVID-19 hotline: 1-800-984-8523
The COVID-19 hotline can also be reached by calling:
- Overseas: DSN (312) 421-3700
- Stateside: DSN 421-3700
- Stateside Commercial: 210-295-3700
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
- Plan to visit a VA health care facility? Here’s what to expect
- Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
Army Emergency Relief (AER):
Military Health System:
Army Public Health Center:
Fort Leonard Wood implementing civilian telework procedures
The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood started implementing civilian telework procedures as they continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended social distancing guidelines needed to mitigate and prevent the virus spreading. Read the full story here.
As the Army community continues to encourage teleworking, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command reminds users about cyber adversaries and the importance of keeping all information on the network safe. Read the release here.
Basic Training Information
- Missouri Department of Health
Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services has established a statewide COVID-19 public hotline at 877.435.8411. The hotline is operated by medical professionals 24/7.