Drivers Stranded in Storm Get Surprise Vaccinations

Health workers stuck on Oregon highway went car to car inoculating people before doses expired
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 28, 2021 4:00 AM CST
Snow Stranded Them. Then, an 'Impromptu Vaccine Clinic'
Photo from the scene of the "impromptu" vaccinations.   (Facebook/Josephine County Public Health)

Oregon health workers who got stuck in a snowstorm on their way back from a COVID-19 vaccination event went car to car injecting stranded drivers before several of the doses expired. Josephine County Public Health said on Facebook that the "impromptu vaccine clinic" took place after about 20 employees were stopped in traffic on a highway after a vaccination clinic. Six of the vaccines were getting close to expiring, so the workers decided to offer them to other stranded drivers. The shots were meant for other people, but "the snow meant those doses wouldn't make it to them before they expired," the health department said.

Not wanting to waste them, staff walked from vehicle to vehicle, offering people a chance to receive the vaccine. A county ambulance was on hand for safety. All the doses were administered, including one to a Josephine County Sheriff's Office employee who'd arrived too late for the vaccination clinic but ended up stopped with the others, officials said. Josephine County Public Health Director Mike Weber said it was one of the "coolest operations he'd been a part of." (More coronavirus vaccine stories.)

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