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Wing administers first COVID-19 vaccinations to reservists

Staff Sgt. Daniel Contreras, a medical technician in the 419th Medical Squadron, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Lt. Col. Brent Milne, a dentist in the MDS, Jan. 9, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Milne is one of the first reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Contreras, a medical technician in the 419th Medical Squadron, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to Lt. Col. Brent Milne, a dentist in the MDS, Jan. 9, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Milne is one of the first reservists in the 419th Fighter Wing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Airmen in the medical and security forces squadrons are part of the first phase in the wing’s vaccine rollout plan that begins with those who volunteer to receive the shot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Porter)

Tech. Sgt. Kelly Cummins, a medical technician in the 419th Medical Squadron, draws COVID-19 vaccines in preparation to administer shots to 419th Fighter Wing reservists, Jan. 9, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Tech. Sgt. Kelly Cummins, a medical technician in the 419th Medical Squadron, draws COVID-19 vaccines in preparation to administer shots to 419th Fighter Wing reservists, Jan. 9, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The wing received its first set of COVID-19 vaccines and will administer vaccinations in three phases, beginning with volunteers in key career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Pham)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – The 419th Fighter Wing administered its first round of COVID-19 vaccines here on Saturday during the wing’s January Unit Training Assembly weekend. 

“I’m excited to be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and I’m stoked that the military is able to provide it,” said Lt. Col. Brent Milne, a dentist in the 419th Medical Squadron.

The vaccine is currently voluntary for military members and is in phase one of distribution, which includes frontline medical and emergency first responders, along with security forces personnel. Additional vaccines will be administered to personnel over the coming months.

“The more we are immunized against the virus, the better we are able to come back together as a team and Air Force family,” said Master Sgt. Michael Chalmers of the 419th Security Forces Squadron.

The Reserve Airmen vaccinated on Jan. 9 will return for a second dose of the vaccine during the wing’s February training weekend.