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Second Gentleman of U.S. Makes Visit To Eugene

Tiffany Eckert

The second gentleman of the United States was in Eugene Monday. The husband of Vice President Kamala Harris visited a COVID-19 vaccination clinic and met with state and local leaders.

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Second gentleman of the United States, Douglas Emhoff, observes vaccinations administered in Eugene as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown looks on.

Douglas Emhoff entered the W.O.W. Hall in downtown Eugene flanked by secret service. A White Bird Medical mass vax clinic was in full swing. He gave kudos to an individual receiving his first dose of vaccine. Then he got an introduction from Oregon Governor Kate Brown.

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The visit to Eugene from the second gentleman included checking out residents getting the COVID-19 vaccination at the W.O.W. Hall, brought to them by White Bird Medical.

“Let’s give an Oregon, Eugene, White Bird welcome to the second gentleman of the United States of America.” The room broke out in applause.

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Oregon's U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, White Bird Clinic Director Chris Hecht, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown watch as vaccines are administered at the W.O.W. Hall in Eugene.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown welcomes second gentleman, Douglas Emhoff, to Eugene on Monday.

Emhoff’s visit was meant to highlight local work to roll out vaccine and create partnerships to decrease disparities in health care. He said he’ll take what he learned back to the Biden/Harris administration.

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Douglas Emhoff is the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris. He visited Eugene Monday to highlight COVID-19 vaccination efforts and White Bird Medical's work to reduce disparities in health care.

“I always learn a lot and take it all back," Emhoff said. "I hear what you’re saying and it will get put into the pipe line and we will respond.”

The second gentleman will head north to Washington state before returning to Washington, D.C.

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White Bird Medical's Director Chris Hecht (right) describes the clinic's work and plans to second gentleman, Doug Emhoff in the basement of the historic W.O.W. Hall.

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Vaccinations were in full swing just before second gentleman Doug Emhoff entered White Bird's mass vax clinic at the W.O.W. Hall Monday afternoon.

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Secret service agents outside Eugene's historic W.O.W. Hall as the  second gentleman U.S. prepares to depart for his next event.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in a variety of media including television, technical writing, photography and daily print news before moving to the Pacific Northwest.
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