The Hawaii National Guard deployed a cargo plane specially outfitted as a “mobile vaccination clinic” to neighbor islands this week in the first round of a campaign to inoculate guardsmen off Oahu.
The C-17 Globemaster III from the National Guard’s 154th Wing operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam carried soldiers and airmen to vaccinate fellow guardsmen helping in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release from the Air National Guard.
The Honolulu-based troops included medical, logistical, and operational guardsmen who “were transported to the counties of Hawaii, Maui and Kauai,” on Tuesday, the Air National Guard said in a press release.
Guardsmen on the islands of Lanai and Molokai were included in the tour, Hawaii National Guard spokeswoman Krystal Kawabata told Civil Beat. The plane kept the engine running as it hopped from island to island. It delivered and administered all the vaccines in one day.