KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The first shipment of coronavirus vaccines arrived at Kingsley Field earlier this week, and the 173rd Fighter Wing says that all 100 doses have now been administered.
According to Senior Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar, base leadership started looking for volunteers on Tuesday morning.
"I feel like we went into it not having many appointments being scheduled at first, and then it was a massive influx of people and now we have a waiting list of members wanting to receive it,” said 1st Lt. Jaime Nealy, a nurse with the 173rd Medical Group.
Nealy and several other 173rd medical technicians were charged with administering the doses, holding vaccination clinics on Wednesday and Friday.
“It has been an amazing experience to help the base press forward,” said Nealy.
Colonel Jeff Edwards, Commander of the 173rd, was one of the first to volunteer.
“I got vaccinated because I believe it’s the right thing to do,” said Edwards. “I believe it will make a difference for our country, for our military to get vaccinated, and I believe in the science and research behind it.”
“Our duty as a military is to be ready to serve our country and to serve our nation,” Edwards continued. “It is going to help our readiness, and it is going to help our communities.”
The 173rd's Medical Group said that it wasn't sure when the next set of initial vaccine doses would arrived, but committed to keeping base personnel updated.
“We haven’t received word yet,” said Nealy. “We only found out about this set of vaccine four days ahead of time. But we do know that when they are sending out the first dose that they are planning on giving us the second dose when it is due.”