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59 MDW medics volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccine

Since the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine to Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on Dec. 14, 2020, more than 50 nurses and medical technicians have volunteered to administer the vaccine.

A group of 59th Medical Wing nurses and medical technicians, administer the COVID-19 vaccine, Feb. 2, 2021, at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Volunteering nurses and medical technicians must kneel or bend down to vaccinate patients properly while they are seated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Bordeaux)

Since the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine to Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on Dec. 14, 2020, more than 50 nurses and medical technicians have volunteered to administer the vaccine.

Senior Airman Ladrena Tucker, 59th Medical Operations Squadron Internal Medicine medical technician, administers the COVID-19 vaccine, Feb. 1, 2021, at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The Department of Defense is conducting a coordinated vaccine distribution strategy for prioritizing and administering COVID-19 vaccines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Bordeaux)

Since the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine to Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on Dec. 14, 2020, more than 50 nurses and medical technicians have volunteered to administer the vaccine.

A 59th Medical Wing medic removes the cap from a COVID-19 vaccine, Feb. 2, 2021, at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The Department of Defense is conducting a coordinated vaccine distribution strategy that will strengthen the ability to protect people, maintain readiness, support the national COVID-19 response, and trust in safe and effective vaccines and a vaccination plan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Bordeaux)

Since the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine to Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on Dec. 14, 2020, more than 50 nurses and medical technicians have volunteered to administer the vaccine.

A 59th Medical Wing medic grabs alcohol wipes, Feb. 2, 2021, at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Nurses and medical technicians prep shot kits to streamline the COVID-19 vaccine process. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Bordeaux)

Since the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine to Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on Dec. 14, 2020, more than 50 nurses and medical technicians have volunteered to administer the vaccine.

Senior Airman Ladrena Tucker, 59th Medical Operations Squadron Internal Medicine medical technician, sanitizes her hands, Feb. 2, 2021, at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend medics sanitize their hands, wear a mask, goggles and a new pair of gloves for every patient while administering the COVID-19 vaccine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Melody Bordeaux)

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Since the arrival of the Pfizer vaccine to Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center on Dec. 14, 2020, more than 50 nurses and medical technicians have volunteered to administer the vaccine.

Donning badges labeled “injector”, these Warrior Medics sanitize their hands, put on gloves and administer the COVID-19 vaccine before de-gloving, sanitizing and starting the process all over again, patient after patient.

“Volunteering to administer the vaccine to patients is important to me because people are dying from this disease,” said Senior Airman Ladrena Tucker, 59th Medical Operations Squadron Internal Medicine medical technician. “I want to help end this pandemic and the least I can do is administer the vaccine.”

With the vaccination process taking a minute or less per patient, the vaccinators average using 10 bottles of hand sanitizer and about 20 to 30 boxes of gloves in a weeks’ time as they continue to work through the Department of Defense’s vaccination distribution strategy.

“All our hands are peeling from all the excessive use of hand sanitizer, but we are okay with it because we’re being clean and safe between patients,” said Capt. Sarah Gilbert, 59th Surgical Operations Squadron Post Anesthesia Care Unit nurse.

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