Doug Emhoff, VP's husband, tours Eugene vaccination site

The second gentleman is in Eugene as part of a national tour.

Posted: Apr 5, 2021 6:52 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2021 10:23 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, toured a Eugene vaccination site Monday afternoon.


Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visits Eugene.

"We are trying to go to as much of the country as we can. We're not necessarily trying to go to the biggest cities," said Emhoff.

Emhoff arrived at WOW Hall, 291 W. 8th Ave, around 1 p.m. White Bird Clinic is operating a vaccination center at the music venue. 

Afterward, Emhoff participated in a pandemic needs roundtable at the Hult Center around 2:30 p.m.

Emhoff said his main goal is to spread the message of getting vaccinated.

"We need folks getting vaccinated. Of course, we're wearing our mask, we must social distance. But if it's your turn, go get your shot, I'm doing everything I can to get the word out," Emhoff said.

Local residents told Emhoff that the unemployment and housing crisis were particularly big issues in the area, especially during the pandemic.

Emhoff said that the current Biden-Harris administration is working hard to combat these issues from the federal level.

Emhoff practiced law for over 30 years and is currently a law professor at Georgetown University. He said being the second gentleman also means sharing stories he's heard from the community.

"The lawyers are actually helping people in need. We're talking about how to transition from a law student to a lawyer but we're also talking about the obligation of being a lawyer," Emhoff said.

Emhoff joined Gov. Kate Brown, Rep. Peter DeFazio and Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis, as well as other community members, to talk about some of the ongoing issues in the community.

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