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Oregon health workers stuck in snow give other drivers vaccine

They set up an impromptu vaccine clinic before the doses expired

Josephine County Public Health staff and volunteers setting up an impromptu clinic on the way back to Grants Pass. (Josephine County Public Health)

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – 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.

When Josephine County Public Health staff and volunteers concluded their mass vaccination event at the Illinois Valley...

Posted by Josephine County Public Health on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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 had 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.”