Public Health Activist Tuesday at Rural Cave Junction, Ore. They were stuck in a pile of snow on the highway when they were coming back from a vaccination site.
He knew he had only six hours to recover the remaining dose of the coronovirus vaccine waiting for his shots at Grant Pass, about 30 miles away. Generally, the journey takes about 45 minutes.
But with a jackenfed tractor-trailer ahead of them, the crew realized they could be stuck for hours and the dose would run out.
So the workers decided to walk from car to car with the stranded drivers, if they wanted to get vaccinated, right there on the spot.
“We had a person who was very happy, took off his shirt and jumped out of the car,” said Michael Weber, director of public health in Josephine County, Ore.
Another recipient, he said, was a Josephine County Sheriff Office employee who arrived too late for the clinic at Cave Junction, but got stuck with others en route to Grant Pass.
Most drivers laughed and politely declined the proposal for a roadside coronovirus vaccine, even though Mr Weber said he had a doctor and an ambulance crew to help oversee the operation. He acknowledged that this was not the specific setting for vaccination.
“It was a strange conversation,” Mr. Weber said. “Imagine yourself stranded on the roadside in a snowstorm and let someone walk and say:. Hey. Will you shoot in the arm? “”
Nevertheless, Mr. Weber stated that public health workers had given all six doses of the modern vaccine to the six grateful drivers.
Mr Weber called it “one of the best campaigns” he had ever been a part of and he said it was an easy decision to administer shots on the highway.
“Honestly, once we knew that we would not be going back to the city in time to use the vaccine, it was just the obvious choice,” he said. “Right now our Rule 1 rule is not in vain.”