More than 30 Oregon PD officers receive COVID vaccine at The Toledo Clinic
Officials say the last-minute opportunity gave first responders the chance to be vaccinated, with doses that would have otherwise gone to waste.
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Officials with the Oregon Police Department confirmed with 13abc that employees were notified yesterday of the potential opportunity for open appointments to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at The Toledo Clinic off Secor Road for Sunday and Monday.
Officials with the Toledo Lucas County Health Department were not aware of the clinic taking place, later telling 13abc they did not supply the Toledo Clinic with the vaccines, and they are not named as a provider by the Ohio Department of Health.
The Toledo Clinic did not have anyone present who could comment on camera when 13abc was on there Sunday afternoon, but later, a spokesperson passed along this statement from their officials.
They were our contingency preloaded vaccines. If these were not used by our Doctors, Nurses, and health care providers, they would have gone to waste, so we used it for other front line personnel.
The Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine has a short shelf life and were about to expire.
Oregon Police Cheif Brandon Begin says it was an opportunity that he did not want to go to waste.
“I think it’s very important for us as first responders,” said Begin. “We go into homes daily, we deal with people up close and we go to medical facilities on a regular basis.”
Begin says a list of department employees willing to get the vaccine signed up weeks ago when expressing interest, back when law enforcement agencies believed they would be included in the first vaccination phase.
“I thought it was important to get our guys vaccinated as soon as possible so when this opportunity came about, we took advantage of it,” adds Begin.
On Monday, Mike D’Eramo, Chief Administrative Officer at The Toledo Clinic, released the following statement:
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