Yokota Air Base is now receiving and releasing information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine, to read more about it, the appropriate articles are linked below:
First wave of COVID-19 vaccines arrives at Yokota
374th MDG administers initial COVID-19 vaccines
The Center For Disease Control is a reputable source regarding the most current information on the vaccine and related links are below:
Information about the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
What to expect after getting the COVID-19 vaccine
Ensuring the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine
Benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine
Yokota continues to refine the ROM process to mitigate any potential exposure. Now, more than ever, sponsors are encouraged to find new and creative ways to continue to support their inbound personnel and be fully involved throughout their arrival.
However, sponsors will no longer be authorized to pick up personnel directly from the terminal in order to reduce the risk of possible COVID-19 exposure. Instead, inbound personnel will be taken via shuttle to Bldg. 400, which will be the ROM reception area and will service personnel until their lodging or residence is ready. The ROM reception area amenities will include wi-fi, pet relief area, seating, and a DSN phone for use. Food may be delivered via delivery options or sponsor drop-off.
Sponsors will ensure lodging or housing is reserved and coordinated. In addition, they will ensure that Pet Care Center or pet friendly lodging reservations are made when necessary. When applicable, keys need to be dropped off at Bldg. 400, Room 107 between 0800 and 1000 Monday through Friday at least one day prior to the newcomer’s arrival.
Members flying into commercial airports with pets will need to reserve pet transportation 3 weeks in advance through FSS.
Your health and well-being continues to be our top priority.
Updated on: Jan. 15, 2021.
11 individuals in the Yokota community tested positive for COVID-19 12-15 January. The current number of active cases at Yokota is 30.
Due to aggressive contact tracing and notification procedures, five individuals were already placed in quarantine as close contacts of a previously identified positive case.
The six remaining individuals were identified and quarantined by Public Health according to strict Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
Public Health has notified all close contacts of the COVID positive individuals and appropriate actions have been taken. The patients are currently in isolation under supervision by medical providers.
Please continue to work together patiently because the actions of every individual makes an impact on our entire community.
The command remains at a heightened level of alert and adheres to the overall U.S. Forces Japan public health emergency declaration, which applies to all SOFA personnel.
The leadership team is actively monitoring and continually assesses the risks of COVID-19 while keeping the safety of our team and the local community as the highest priority. Thank you for observing all protective measures with a sense of humility, kindness, and commitment to keeping our community safe.
The information contained in this message is up-to-date at the time it is published. The information may differ from other organizations’ reports based on timing and local reporting guidance.
A reduction to the number of active cases occurs only after an individual previously confirmed positive for COVID-19 has completed the required medical quarantine period and been released by Public Health from isolation.
If you are experiencing mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or sudden loss of taste and smell), DO NOT go to Urgent Care. Call the medical appointment line at DSN: 225-8864 Opt. 7 or Cell: 042-552-2510 Ext. 58864 Opt. 7. This COVID hotline is only intended for medical triage. Your call will be answered as soon as possible but delays may occur during periods of high volume. For questions about ROM please utilize your chain of command.
Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Bravo (Moderate Threat): The Health Protection Condition for the installation is Bravo and is characterized as a moderate threat and/or a real risk of exposure to personnel due to a significant outbreak of disease in the local area.
More information is available in DOD Instruction 6200.03, Public Health Emergency Management within the DoD.
Continued transmission of COVID-19 cases in Japan present a risk to our population. Accordingly, pursuant to DoD Instruction (DoDI) 6200.03, “Public Health Emergency Management (PHEM) Within the DoD,” dated 28 March 2019, and Air Force Instruction 10- 2519, Public Health Emergencies and Incidents of Public Health Concern, dated 10 December 2019, I have declared a Public Health Emergency under my authority as the installation commander. The following measures are mandatory for all personnel present on or assigned to Yokota Air Base including but not limited to U.S. military members, U.S. civilian employees, all dependents, DoD retirees, Host-Nation (HN) employees, contractors, and any other persons accessing this installation. This order also includes those personnel assigned to mission partners/tenant units. These measures will go into effect Wednesday 16 December 2020 and remain in effect until 5 March 2021 unless renewed and republished or sooner terminated by me or my successor. I will review this policy every 15 days to determine if these measures need to stay in place or be changed in any manner.
All gates will remain operational with the procedures and hours stated below.
Gate Procedures: When arriving at the gate, please be sure to:
1. Have a face mask on
2. Have your window rolled down
3. Hold up your ID card to be scanned
4. Flip your ID to allow the Security Forces member to verify the picture
Gate Hours of Operation:
-Terminal and West Gate: 24/7 for pedestrians and vehicles; Everyday
-Fussa Gate: Vehicles 0600-2200; Pedestrians 0600-0100; Everyday
-Supply Gate: Vehicles 0600-1800; Pedestrians 0600-2200; Monday-Friday
-East Gate: Vehicles 0500-0100; Pedestrians 0500-0100; Everyday
Please also note that all screening questions have ceased and personnel, SOFA or JASDF, may use any gate.
DoDEA Schools: Please direct questions to DoDEA Pacific and visit www.dodea.edu/Pacific for more information.
School Age Care: Open to currently enrolled Single/Dual military.
Child Development Center: Open to currently enrolled members. Reduced hours: 0730 – 1630.
Youth and Teen Center: Closed.
Chapel: The base chapel has resumed in-person worship services with COVID-19 prevention measures in place. Online alternative formats remain available. Follow “Yokota AB Chapel” on Facebook for more information and updates on services and other Chapel program events. For counseling appointments call 225-7009.
Legal Office/Tax Center: Clients seen by appointment only. Call 225-8069 for legal assistance or 225-4926 for the tax center.
Housing Management Office: Clients seen by appointment only. Please coordinate with housing counselors by phone at 225-3252, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FSS Activities: Please monitor the Yokota FSS website for event updates at https://yokotafss.com.
Before you schedule your appointment for a new CAC or Uniformed Service ID Card, visit https://www.cac.mil/Coronavirus to see the changes implemented by the DOD concerning CAC/USID cards during COVID-19.
Report to your place of duty as directed. If you are sick, stay home. Those who are experiencing symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty breathing, are directed to report this information to their chain of command and to call the medical appointment line at DSN: 225-8864 Opt. 7 or Cell: 042-552-2510 Ext. 58864 Opt. 7. DO NOT GO TO URGENT CARE IN-PERSON.
To protect our personnel and families from the continued transmission of COVID-19 cases, I have established a local area within Japan. The local area is defined as the country of Japan excluding the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Yokohama metropolitan area which are prohibited. Areas in downtown Tokyo (for example Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Roppongi) and downtown Yokohama are NOT considered part of the local area. Maps that define the local area can be found at https://www.yokota.af.mil/COVID-19/ and attached to this policy. Members are authorized travel within the local area for any activities not listed as prohibited in paragraphs 7.1, 10, and 11. Members may travel through the prohibited area so long as they do not stop travel before reaching their destination in a non-prohibited area. Members may stop in the prohibited area only for mission essential travel as defined in paragraph 7.2 or based on approval by me in paragraph 12. Members are also authorized to visit other military installations within the local area; however visiting installations that are currently in HPCON Charlie status requires prior approval from the first O-6 in the member’s chain of command. Members who currently live outside of the local area defined above may travel in the immediate vicinity of their residence for essential services such as dining facilities, grocery stores, shopping, schooling, and medical facilities.
All DoD uniformed members must remain in the above defined local area whether on duty, on leave, on liberty, or on pass unless traveling outside the local area pursuant to the requirements in paragraphs 7.2, 8, and 12. SOFA status members of the civilian component and SOFA dependents are highly encouraged to remain within the defined local area and any departure from that local area will subject them to a 14-day Restriction of Movement upon return. Any travel into a currently prohibited area – such as Tokyo or Yokohama – without prior authorization in paragraph 12 or for other than mission-essential travel in paragraph 7.2 may result in administrative actions up to and including possible debarment from the installation. For anyone with an extraordinary situation requiring travel beyond definitions in this policy and not covered in paragraphs 7.2, 8, and 12, requests can be made for travel authorization from the first General Officer/SES in your chain of command or myself for 374 AW personnel and those units without a local General Officer/SES.