On Wednesday at the Johnson County Armory in Franklin, Indiana, the COVID-19 vaccine was administered to approximately 200 Indiana National Guard soldiers and airmen.
According to the Indiana National Guard, the Hoosier Guardsmen who received the vaccine have been on the frontline of pandemic response missions including at long-term care facilities, COVID-19 testing sites, protective equipment distribution warehouses, and food banks.
"In March, we answered the governor's call to stand with the state in the fight against the spread of the virus," said Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, Indiana National Guard adjutant general. "Our soldiers and airmen responded by filling critical roles across the state standing shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Hoosiers as we tackle this insidious virus."
The vaccinations were part of a U.S. Department of Defense program that allocated doses, in a program separate from the shipments of the vaccine the state of Indiana is receiving for frontline civilian healthcare workers.
Indiana and New York are the first two National Guard states to pilot this Defense Department program.