Barbara Breazeale

Barbara Breazeale

It seems that most of the time, we see people write columns who criticize and tear down, but rarely praise. At the beginning of March, I had the pleasure of volunteering to help at our Victoria Community Center, the site of Covid 19 vaccine shots. Volunteers showed up at 7 a.m. and were given a short debriefing on what to do.

When people first walked through the door, they had already acquired a time for their shot and a special code and number. 3,000 people were set up to be vaccinated that day.

Out in front, we had Emergency Management along with the Police In charge of having people park and come into the facility.

Inside, they entered one of the large rooms with up to ten people manning a computer and checking them in. Their QRL code was scanned and checked in. They were given a blue card which told them the time and date of their second shot. A team of computer specialists were in the area in case there was a problem.

People were then instructed to line up and wait for a medical person to give them a shot.

There were 20 stations set up of medical personnel giving shots. In one area, hidden from view, there was a team assembling shots and delivering them to the vaccine stations. At the vaccine stations they had to not only give the shot but document which arm it was given in for control purposes.

People then exited the room, walked to the largest meeting hall at the Community Center where they were instructed to wait 15 minutes in case they had an allergic reaction. In that large hall, EMT crews were waiting.

I was so impressed. There was very little waiting. People commented all day on how wonderful the system was, how fast, efficient and how good the people were who gave the shots.

Normally in instances like this, you have the long waits in line, people complaining but I saw nothing of that all day! Everyone worked like a well -oiled machine.

Funny Moments when people are being people.

  1. Why do you come to get a shot with a sweatshirt and long sleeved shirt on?
  2. Why is it that you tell people to go to the empty chair to get the shot, and they say “What chair?”
  3. Why do people ask volunteers like myself medical questions?
  4. Why do they ask volunteers who are standing up directing people, how they can fix their birthday that is incorrect on their paperwork?
  5. One lady wanted to know why we don’t give vaccine to Walmart and others. You would have been proud of me, I resisted saying something sarcastic.

Mr. David Gonzales and his staff really have this and should be proud of the job they are doing.

Everyone was pleasant, professional, happy and easy to work with.

If you want the shot, you are in for a treat. Victoria is a prime example of a well-managed team.

There was only one medical person who really jammed the shot in and hurt people but I can’t remember their name……………………Kidding!

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Barbara Breazeale is a mom to four and grandmother to six. She is the Advancement Director for Victoria House of Palms, P.O. Box 4886, Victoria Texas 77903.

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Barbara Breazeale writes an occasional blog for the Victoria Advocate.

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