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National Guard Receives Challenge Coins for Vaccine Clinic Service

Carilion Clinic has now administered more than 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine as part of its Roanoke-based Berglund Center clinics since January. Over 20,000 of those doses were done with the support of the National Guard.

"This has been a massive undertaking that would not be possible without collaboration," said Tim Auwarter, vice president of clinical support. "The National Guard became an integral part of our mass vaccination events here at Berglund in March. Many hours have gone in to planning, education and logistical prep to ensure that all of our community members would have access to this life-saving resource."

To thank the National Guard for their commitment to the vaccine rollout in our region Auwarter and Chad Alvarez, Pharm.D., senior director of retail pharmacy, presented each guard with a challenge coin.

"More than a year into this pandemic, your presence at the vaccine clinics has provided much needed reinforcement for our providers, public health workers and volunteers who have been working around the clock to meet vaccine demand," said Alvarez in his remarks to the National Guard.

Challenge coins are historically given in military settings to commemorate a service member for going above and beyond their call of duty.

The coin presented displays the Carilion insignia to serve as a lasting reminder of the difference the National Guard have made while serving alongside our teams and partners to beat this pandemic.