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412th Med Group administers 1st round of COVID-19 vaccine

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  • By Grady Fontana
  • 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

Members of the 412th Medical Group began administering the COVID-19 vaccine to first responders and medical personnel from Edwards Air Force Base at the Airman Family Readiness Center, January 16.

The 412 MDG personnel vaccinated health care providers, health care support, and emergency and safety personnel within the 412th Test Wing based at Edwards AFB and AF Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.

“We received the vaccine on the (Air Force Material Command) family day but did not want to delay getting our first responders and front-line medics vaccinated.  We asked for medic volunteers to come in on the weekend to vaccinate personnel from base fire, police, and medical units,” said Lt. Col. Duane Robinson, Chief of Aerospace Medicine, 412th Medical Group.

While limited quantities of the vaccine are arriving, the DoD has prioritized personnel into different phases, which is based off a national prioritization plan. The process of providing the vaccine to the entire Edwards population could span over multiple weeks. 

 “Within this tiered roll-out, our first allotment will cover all of our Phase 1a members, and even within this first allotment we will continue to move through the DoD phases if vaccine remains available,” said Capt. Nicholas Singh-Miller, staff pediatrician, 412th Medical Group. “The vaccine is voluntary.  Even with the vaccine, we will still need to keep-up our social distancing and mask wearing for some time.  However, it feels like there is a light at the end of the tunnel, knowing that the more people that get vaccinated, the less transmission and serve disease we will see in our community.”

To manage the immunization scheduling, Edwards AFB medical planners are using a web-based ticketing platform called Eventbrite. Those next in line to receive the vaccine, based on the priority schema, will receive an email link from an official source that will invite them to make an appointment to get vaccinated.

“When beneficiaries use Eventbrite to schedule a time to get the vaccine it means they will probably not need to stand in a long line,” Stated Staff Sgt. Annel Vega-Villa, flight medicine technician, 412th Medical Group.  “This of course will help physical distancing and keep everyone safe.”

For more information COVID-19 vaccines, visit For the latest Edwards AFB COVID-19 information, visit

Edwards provides care, opportunities for children aged six weeks through high school graduation

Edwards provides care, opportunities for childrenaged six weeks through high school graduation

The Child and Youth Program at Edwards AFB provides care and opportunities for kids ages six weeks old through high school graduation. A brief summary of those services follows:

  •                    The Child Development Center cares for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with a DOD-wide curriculum. The curriculum is focused on learning through play activities supporting social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Installations across DOD follow the curriculum on the same timeline to allow seamless permanent change-of-station transitions for youth enrolled in care.
  •                    The School Age Center provides before and after-school care and summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. During school breaks, full-day camps are offered. SAC promotes cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, language and physical development through programs that encourage self-confidence, curiosity, self-discipline and resiliency.
  •                    The open recreation program at the Main Youth Center provides a safe space for ages 9 to 12 to attend after school. Programs include Power Hour, STEM, Torch Club, social recreation, youth camps, special events and more.
  •                    The youth sports program provides intro and league opportunities for ages 3 to 12, and promotes inclusiveness, self-discipline, commitment, resiliency and social skills. There are four sports offered annually for ages five to 12: baseball/softball, soccer, flag football and basketball. Smart start programs are available to ages 3 to 5. There are many other sports and camps offered throughout the year.
  •                    The Teen Center is available for ages 13 to 18 during the school year. Programs offered include Military Youth of the Year, Keystone Club, social recreation, STEM activities, college trips, leadership camps and more.
  •                    Youth programs (SAC, open rec and teen) are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
  •                    Family Child Care homes – there are currently three FCC homes on the installation. They can provide care for ages two weeks to 12 years. FCC providers are trained by Child and Youth Program training and curriculum specialists and have the flexibility to determine their hours of operation and the ages of youth within their care. The program’s new dedicated manager, Jennifer Stegmann, may be reached at 661-275-7529.

Although CDC enrollment capacity is 317, not all slots are currently filled because of a shortage of childcare workers. School Age Center enrollment capacity is 156. After-school care enrollment is 130. Before-school care enrollment is 75. Summer Camp 2022 was at its capacity and enrollment for Summer Camp 2023 opens April 3.