New “It was cold outside, the sun had just risen, and Debbie Rosenblatt was miles from home, but the school social worker couldn’t contain her excitement about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday.”

After confirming his appointment with Auckland County health officials at a mass vaccination site as part of the Suburban Collection, Rosenblatt raised his hands in the air, pumped his fists, and headed for the nurse’s table, where he received a kit containing the Moderna vaccine.

“It was a very difficult year, a job, a family, we just kept it together,”

; Rosenblatt said in the waiting room after receiving the vaccine. “It feels good to be emotional on the other side. That’s how this vaccine feels.”

More than 100 Auckland County health officials were in downtown New to prepare and administer more than 3,400 doses of the vaccine to frontline and key workers in Auckland County and landed in the county’s Save Your Spot program. .

Twenty-five stations were set up, each with a nurse and another staff member, waving to vaccine recipients to give their first dose. Medical students and nurses checked patients after receiving the vaccine in a surveillance zone with 100 stations.

Leigh-Anne Stafford, a health official in Auckland County, said the mass vaccination event was helping the county “test” the time for pre-screening, vaccination and post-vaccination monitoring of patients.

“It’s a very large space. … When we start growing, we could make thousands of vaccines over what we do today,” Stafford said. “We know we can do more.”

Stafford said the 3,400 people hired on Saturday in Novi consist of healthcare staff, long-term care staff and residents; law enforcement, fire and EMS; educational staff and persons aged 65 and over living or working in Auckland County.

James Little, head of security at the Sichholm School in Birmingham, said he was excited and grateful to receive the vaccine on Saturday.

“I know a lot of close friends who have died,” Light, 70, said, choking with emotion as he sat in the observation room after his vaccine.

“My brother just called and said he took his wife to the hospital. It happened at home. My wife survived breast cancer,” Lightle said. “I just want to be safe for you. I want to be protected and I want all my children and my school to be protected.”

Health officials began work at 5 a.m. to remove the vaccine vials from storage, while others monitored the vaccines on site throughout the day on Saturday.

Another 500 doses of Moderna were expected to be given on Saturday at a site in Southfield, bringing the total number of vaccines to more than 4,000 across the country.

As of Friday, the county had introduced more than 10,000 vaccines – excluding Saturday’s vaccinations – at five crossings since December 18. His first mass vaccination program was held Saturday at the Suburban Collection, which was offered to the county for no refueling.

County officials say they hope the distribution issues will be resolved at the federal level in the coming weeks so that the county can meet the demand of its residents, who understand that the vaccine is the way to save lives, end the pandemic and economic recovery.

Dr. Russell Faust, Oakland County Medical Director, said on Monday the county expects another vaccine delivery for the week, about 5,850 first doses of Pfizer vaccine and 975 doses of Pfizer.

The aim is to use all vaccines received for the week before Monday. County residents were called late Friday to ask if they wanted free meetings on Saturday.

“No vaccine is lost. None. Zero,” Faust said. “At the end of the day, if we have a bottle left … we make phone calls and send people there. Every dose goes in hand. Nothing is lost. It’s a pandemic. We can’t afford that.”

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