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Why Indiana National Guardsmen are among 1st to receive coronavirus vaccine

Indiana National Guard soldiers will be assisting with Covid control practices are in place. (Grace Hollars/IndyStar/TNS)

The Indiana National Guard in Franklin is one of 16 sites to receive the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine from the U.S. Department of Defense. Indiana is one of only two National Guard sites, along with New York.

Brigadier General R. Dale Lyles said vaccinations started Wednesday and noted many soldiers have been providing frontline care over the nine months of the pandemic, including assisting long-term care facilities. IndyStar has requested more information.

According a Department of Defense news release, the agency planned to administer an initial allocation of more than 43,000 doses of the vaccine to service members, both active and reserve.

The initial 16 DOD sites chosen were based on supply chain requirements (like ultra-cold storage), population, sufficient personnel to administer the vaccines and monitor recipients.

Other sites include: Fort Hood in Texas, the Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland.

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