TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Officials from the Oregon Police Department confirmed with 13abc that staff were informed yesterday of the possibility of open appointments to have their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Toledo Clinic on Secor Road in Toledo for Available on Sunday 17th January and Monday 18th January.
Toledo Lucas County Health Department officials unaware the clinic was happening and later told 13abc that they had not provided the Toledo Clinic with the vaccines, and they were not named as a provider by the Ohio Department of Health.
The Toledo Clinic had no one present to speak on camera when 13abc was there on Sunday afternoon, but a spokesman later relayed that statement from their officials.
They were our pre-installed vaccines. If these hadn’t been used by our doctors, nurses, and health care providers, they would have been wasted, so we used them on other frontline workers.
The Pfizer coronavirus vaccine has a short shelf life and will expire soon.
Oregon Police Chief Brandon Begin says it was an opportunity he didn’t want to waste.
“I think it’s very important for us as first responders,” said Begin. “We go home every day, we take care of people up close and we go to medical facilities regularly.”
Begin says there is a list of department employees ready to sign the vaccine weeks ago if they show interest when law enforcement officials believed they would be admitted to the first-stage vaccination.
“I thought it was important to get our boys vaccinated as soon as possible. When the opportunity arose, we took it,” added Begin.
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