Base life returning to normal

Plus updates on vaccines and more

By Claire Nunn on March 25, 2021

A year after COVID restrictions closed most services on base, life is starting to return to normal with more openings of services and programs.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials updated the community Monday also discussing on-base housing turnovers, youth sports, and vaccines.

Lt. Gen. Ray George, JBLM and I Corps commander reiterated that vaccines are currently available to those aged 40 and over, plus to certain job specialties as well as those with pre-existing medical conditions. George said that anyone who has declined receiving the vaccine can still opt in.

Vaccine dispersals will shift next month on base. A drive thru will open around April 6 on McChord by appointment. This will increase capacity as the American Lake Club location is phased out. Those that have already received one dose will return to American Lake for their second dose.  Those 75 and older can drop in at the drive thru without an appointment. There are no options for drop in vaccines at the end of the day for left-over vaccines like some off base facilities currently offer.

The base will continue to administer the Pfizer drug.

Col. Skye Duncan, garrison commander said Lincoln Military Housing is behind in turning over homes. In the past that process took two weeks. "It is taking longer than that now," Duncan said.

Duncan said 350 homes should be back online by June 1, and a 150 more by end of summer, in addition to regular turn overs of currently occupied homes during the upcoming PCS season.

Those homes being currently renovated are coming back online at the pace of two a week, Duncan added.

Spring sports are expanding as the region moves to Phase Three with open registration right now for golf, karate, flag football and cheer.

Child care is running at 80% capacity while roughly 95% of the entire base work force has returned, Duncan said. A small number of jobs will remain as telework positions permanently.

Kimbro pool and the Splash Pad are not open due to a leak. There is no time frame for reopening.

Military police will aggressively monitor speeding, running stop signs, and cell use in housing areas. George said 50% of those violations are occurring in the violators own neighborhoods.

The recycling Center should open within the next two months for ID card holders, Duncan said.

The following is a list of other changes released this week by base officials.

- Active Duty/Guard/Reserve from 5:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

- All authorized users from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.