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Mobile vaccination site at the mall delivered 19,003 shots

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Kim Barnes administers the very last shot at the Uptown Mall site on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 (photo by Tracy Porter)

The mobile vaccination site at the Uptown Mall closed Wednesday afternoon.

19,003 people received shots from Feb 1 to June 16 at that location. The site was managed by Warren County Emergency Management with assistance from the Mississippi Department of Health, the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard, Warren County Fire, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and local volunteers.

“I can’t think of a single time a volunteer was scheduled and did not show up. Very rarely did we have a backup in the line and it is because of the hard work from our partners and community volunteers that it was able to happen,” said John Elfer, Director of Warren County Emergency Management.

Tracy Porter, John Elfer and Reed Birdsong pack up the last of their equipment from the Uptown Mall site.(Photo by David Day)

“Including the 20 minute wait after the shot for reactions, the average time from start to finish was about 25 minutes. We got backed up a few times from bad weather and most every body that came this site was very complimentary to the staff that was here,” Elfer continued. “Very appreciative that we were offering the service.”

“I know I’m going to forget someone.” A thankful John Elfer lists all the people who helped at the Uptown Mall vaccination site as Tracy Porter looks on.(Photo by David Day)

“I really want to brag on our local volunteers. We had doctors, we had nurses, we had business owners. There are so many other people to thank. We even had folks that were non-medical people, the local churches, local folks that donated food, local restaurants. Every body pitched in, never had a shortage of staff. It was a great experience for everybody,” beamed Elfer.

 

 

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