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Indiana National Guard to help transport, administer COVID-19 vaccine

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Posted at 1:14 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 01:14:27-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Indiana National Guard will help in the state's effort to transport and administer the COVID-19 vaccine to Hoosiers across the state.

According to information from the Indiana National Guard, approximately 150 guardsmen will be involved in the effort along with personnel from the Indiana State Department of Health.

"We go when we're called and right now this new assignment to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccine will be another integral cog to turn the tide in our favor against the coronavirus," Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, the adjutant general and leader of the Indiana National Guard, said.

Guardsmen involved in the effort to transport and administer the vaccine will come from the ranks of those who are already involved in the pandemic battle from the long-term care facility and testing site missions.

The national guard said there will be 10 teams of medical and general support guardsmen and health department personnel transporting the Moderna vaccine driving health department vehicles.

Additional guardsmen will pivot to the distribution and vaccination operations as long-term care facilities recover, however, those facilities with the most urgent need as determined by ISDH will still receive national guard support through Feb. 28.