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First Responders Receive Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine In Lane County

Eugene Springfield Fire

Last week, Eugene/Springfield Fire received its first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. They got 1,000 doses. Acting Fire Chief Chris Heppel said they immediately began administering shots to first responders.

“We’re often the first point of contact for people needing medical treatment,” he said. “Whether they have COVID related symptoms or not, these vaccines will help ensure our staff are protected and will slow the spread of the virus throughout Lane County.”

Credit Eugene Springfield Fire
Acting Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Chris Heppel says his department is fortunate to have enough COVIDD-19 vaccine to protect first responders.

Heppel said some of the vaccines went to Eugene and Springfield Police departments and Lane Fire Authority. They’ve administered about 700 of the doses with plans to get the rest in the arms of first responders on a quick timeline. Then they will stand ready to distribute the second round of vaccine starting at the end of January.  

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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