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On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The current epidemic, which originated in mainland China, has demonstrated the capacity of COVID-19 to spread globally. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness. On Aug. 24, 2021, the Secretary of Defense determined that mandatory vaccinations for service members against COVID-19 was necessary to protect the Force and defend the American people. 


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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Graphic. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario "Charo" Gutierrez)


Video by Juan Femath
COVID-19 Vaccine Message From SECAF Kendall, Lt Gen Scobee and Lt Gen Loh
Air Force Television Pentagon (SAF/PAI)
Oct. 1, 2021 | 1:04
Message on recent COVID-19 vaccination requirements featuring Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall, Lt Gen Richard W. Scobee, Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, and Lt Gen Michael A. Loh, the Director of the Air National Guard.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Graphic. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario "Charo" Gutierrez)



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