Health workers stuck in snowstorm go car-to-car giving COVID-19 vaccine


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These healthcare workers kept it cool.

A medical team in Oregon jumped into action after getting stuck in a snowstorm with COVID-19 vaccine doses that were about to expire — and used the jabs, going car to car to inject other stranded drivers.

The “impromptu clinic” took place after the 20 health workers got stopped in traffic on snowbound Highway 199 near Hayes Hill, Josephine County Public Health said Tuesday.

The group had just finished a coronavirus mass vaccination event at a local high school and had six doses left to administer at the end of the day.

Other recipients for the shots had been identified but “the snow meant those doses wouldn’t make it to them before they expired,” the health department said on Facebook.

Not wanting them to go to waste, the staff walked from vehicle to vehicle offering people the chance to get the vaccine, with a county ambulance on hand for safety.

All six doses were administered, including to a Josephine County Sheriff’s Office employee who had arrived too late for the vaccination clinic and ended up getting stranded with the others.

Josephine County Public Health Director Mike Weber said it was “one of the coolest operations” he’d been a part of.


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