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National Guard speeds up vaccinations in Lane County

"I gave my middle school teacher a vaccine a couple days ago, National Guardsman Nathan Palin said. “That was kind of cool. I haven't seen him in twenty years and that's just really rewarding.”

Posted: Jan 23, 2021 7:32 PM

LANE COUNTY, ORE. --- Lane County Public Health started its second weekend of mass vaccination clinics Saturday. 

RELATED: MASS VACCINATION CLINICS BEGIN IN LANE COUNTY SATURDAY

In order to speed up the vaccination process and ensure the clinic runs smoothly, Members of the National Guard arrived in Lane County on 7:30 a.m. Saturday to help speed up the vaccination process and ensure the clinic runs smoothly. 

"The best part of working at the mass vaccination clinic is just helping out the folks and giving the help where it's needed and actually getting to do what we trained for,” National Guardsman Shaun Martin said. “We're happy to be here."

The extra boost of support from the National Guard allowed organizers to open a total of 16 lanes for the clinic. This is four more lanes than the previous weekend.  

"I gave my middle school teacher a vaccine a couple days ago, National Guardsman Nathan Palin said. “That was kind of cool. I haven't seen him in twenty years and that's just really rewarding.”

Lane County Public Health set a goal of administering at least 1,500 vaccine doses by the end of the day Saturday and more than 6,000 doses by the end of the clinic Tuesday.

This clinic specifically targeted Lane County residents in Phase 1A groups two and three, which includes people with intellectual disabilities and those who work with the unhoused.

There are approximately 40,000 Lane County residents eligible to receive the vaccine as part of Phase 1A. Starting Monday, January 25th, educators will become eligible to receive the vaccine as well.

Lane County received a total of 7,400 vaccine doses for the week.

Residents in attendance were eager to receive their dose of the Moderna vaccine.

"It's a quick easy push in, you don't really feel it,” Springfield resident Jonathan Heising said. “It's a quick pinch and then it's done."

"It's not that bad,” Eugene resident Emily Sitter said.”It's easier than a flu shot."

This mass vaccination clinic is not open to the general public. An invitation is required to attend and receive the vaccine. As a result, KEZI was asked not to reveal the clinic’s location.

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