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Frontline military medical workers among first in Hawaii to receive coronavirus vaccine

Frontline military medical workers among first in Hawaii to receive coronavirus vaccine
Tripler Army Medical Center was chosen as one of the Defense Department sites for the vaccine rollout because of the state’s sizable defense personnel footprint and the medical center’s ultra-cold storage capability.

Scott Belnap, a physician at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, receives the COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, Dec.MACKENZIE WALSH/TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge.TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Hawaii — Hundreds of military medical personnel on Oahu had been inoculated against the coronavirus as of Thursday morning, two days after Tripler Army Medical Center received an initial batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.The medical center on the outskirts of Honolulu serves all uniformed branches.

Martin Doperak, Tripler’s commander, said during a news conference Thursday morning on the medical center’s sprawling grounds.” Tripler was chosen as one of the Defense Department sites for the vaccine rollout because of the state’s sizable defense personnel footprint and the medical center’s ultra-cold storage capability.

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