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DoD Unveils Vaccine Plans; Guard Readies Distribution in States

National Guard soldiers and airmen will not be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine, at least not at first, according to Pentagon leaders. But the Guard will play a key role in the vaccine’s distribution. And some members could be eligible to receive some of the first doses obtained by the Defense Department. DoD leaders rolled out the department’s vaccine distribution plan last week. It will distribute 43,875 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to uniformed service members, family members, retirees, civilian employees and select DoD contractors. The plan includes members of the National Guard, who will eventually be eligible to receive the vaccine at military medical treatment facilities.