The US military has sent its own COVID-19 vaccine supply to the Northern Territory to inoculate the Darwin-based Marine Rotating Forces at Australia’s “top end.”
Approximately 2,200 military personnel and women in NT have begun receiving the first dose given by US Navy medical personnel.
The vaccine will be provided to members of the military who choose to receive it under a US Emergency Use Authorization.
“We received and administered these vaccines to fight COVID-19,” a Marine Corps spokesman said Monday.
“(This) protects the communities in which we live and work, and our troops here at the top end.”
The U.S. military has provided enough vaccine for the first and second doses, but has not stated which vaccine is being used.
All Marines are subject to rigorous screening and quarantine requirements before and upon arrival in Australia.
They must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test 72 hours prior to departure to Australia.
After that, 14 days of quarantine is required at safe facilities in RAAF Base Darwin and nearby Bradin Village.
A few Marines tested positive for the virus while in the Northern Territory and were transferred to a Howard Springs quarantine facility.
The 2021 deployment is Darwin-based 10th Annual Marine Rotation Unit.
These are part of an ongoing attitude initiative to promote regional stability under the ANZUS Convention.
Darwin is located just south of more than 12 countries in Asia and has some of the busiest routes in the world, providing a strategic starting point for troops when ordered.