(EDINBURGH, Ind.) – More than 6,000 Afghan refugees at Camp Atterbury have now been vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox.
The Indiana National Guard says some of those housed at Camp Atterbury are American citizens or green-card holders and had already been vaccinated. But more than 90% needed to get their shots as a first step toward resettlement.
DHS Spokesperson Mark Howell says the Guard worked with nearby hospitals on a 12-day vaccination drive which finished two weeks ago.
Some military bases housing Afghans have had measles outbreaks. Howell says there have been no confirmed cases at Atterbury.
The COVID vaccine is required for arriving Afghans as a condition of their humanitarian parole, unless a medical provider determines, on a case-by-case basis, that a vaccine is not medically appropriate.