INDIANAPOLIS — Approximately 150 Indiana National Guardsmen along with personnel from the Indiana Department of Health will help distribute, transport and administer the COVID-19 vaccine to Hoosiers across the state.

“We go when we’re called, and 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,” said Brig. Gen. Dale Lyles, the adjutant general and leader of the Indiana National Guard.

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Indiana National Guard Sgt. Abigail Gates, a medic from Columbus with 38th Infantry Division, administers a COVID vaccination shot Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Franklin, Indiana, to Sgt. 1st Class Ben Cripe, an artilleryman who’s been working the long-term care facility mission since mid-November. Hoosier Guardsmen have been critical to fighting the coronavirus pandemic – helping at food banks, distributing protective equipment, assisting long-term care facilities – and will now help distribute the COVID vaccination.