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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The 120 Airmen from the 88th Medical Group who departed on a COVID-19 mission in Detroit have been busily shooting their arms.

The team has been deploying 5,000 vaccines daily, and thousands more have been delivered by mobile vaccination teams provided by local health departments and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

All doses are set by the Michigan Department of Health. One day last week, there were 300 doses left, so vaccines could be delivered to all walk-ins in less than an hour.

After announcing the remaining doses on social media, people almost immediately formed a line that stretched four blocks in front of the communal vaccination center in Ford Field, according to 88 MDG officials.

Team leaders said the Wright-Patterson AFB staff on site exceeded expectations by removing six or seven doses from each vial. This allows more people to be vaccinated faster.

“Our medical professionals are incredibly proud to be part of this effort to help the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan,” said Col. Christian Lyons, 88 nation MDG commander in effectively moving beyond the COVID pandemic. ”

Wright stalemate teams worked 11.5 hour days, with 10 devoted to vaccination and the other 90 minutes to roll call, setup, and cleanup.

The 120 Airmen dispatched joined approximately 2,700 other military medics and auxiliary personnel from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force who had already completed vaccination efforts in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania backed Texas and the US Virgin Islands.

For more information on the various emergency teams and community vaccination centers, see the FEMA playbook at www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/fema_community-vaccination-centers_playbook_03-12-2021.pdf.

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