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Heroes of COVID-19: University of Arizona vaccination POD

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Volunteers and University of Arizona employees at the COVID-19 vaccination POD are working to make sure their community is protected.

Mona Arora, Co-Chair of the UArizona COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, has been preparing for this site and said it is a team effort to get people vaccinated.

"This is not an individual effort. We have not only people from across the university, staff, students, professionals from different disciplines, but we have community members who have retired who are wanting to come back and volunteer. That is what really keeps I think all of us and me personally going, the opportunity to work collectively," said Mona Arora.

It is an opportunity Arora has been preparing for. She doesn't consider herself a hero, but the university said she has played a crucial role in helping get shots into the arms of Pima County's most vulnerable.

"We have to keep in mind the service-oriented nature of this. This isn't something we are all entitled to doing, but this is something we need to do with compassion," said Arora.

"They are risking themselves too and they are here to help us all so it's important it is a very important thing and I am happy they are there," said Walter Ross, Catalina High employee.

"It is a relief. It is my second shot. I am a teacher so I am excited about being protected now," said Gabriela Romo.

The people working the POD are coming together to keep the county moving forward.

"I want everyone to know that we are here because we want to be here. And we are not going to stop. We will be here as long as we have to be to get this done to get shots in arms. This is our mission if you look at the UArizona mission and values one of our mission and values is to enhance life for all and that's what we're doing. Bear down!" said Sara Little, University of Arizona COVID-19 vaccination POD Nursing Manager.

"This truly is a community effort. It is service-oriented. As a community, if we can come together and put something like this together, we can move past this covid pandemic. It is one step at a time, but it is a step we all have to partner together on," said Arora.

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Amanda Gomez

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