Monday, 08 February 2021 10:33

U.S. military drafted to assist FEMA with vaccinations

WASHINGTON, DC — Military personnel from across the United States are being drafted to support efforts underway to vaccinate Americans against Covid-19.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said Friday 1,110 active duty service members would be brought in to assist five Federal Emergency Management Agency vaccinations centers.

According to Pentagon officials, personnel are to be deployed from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marines.

Each service will contribute medical and support teams. Each team will be composed of: 15 service members for command and control; eighty for administering vaccinations; 15 registered nurses; fifty-seven clinical staff; and 55 general purpose personnel.

FEMA will determine which site each team supports, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said Friday.

Kirby said masks and social distancing are being enforced on all Defense Department installations to reduce the spread of COVID-19.