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Southern Arizona firefighters volunteer for COVID-19 vaccine trial

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Ariz. (KVOA) - Many vaccine manufacturing companies are in a race to get out a COVID-19 vaccine.

As several of them complete the many phases of trials before releasing a drug, they're relying on volunteers to test it out.

Some firefighters here in Southern Arizona have volunteered to do just that.

Tera Henson is a firefighter for the Tubac Fire Department and loves her job.

"My favorite part of my job is I get to help people out," Henson said.

Her job already is hard, but adding in the COVID-19 pandemic makes it even more challenging.

"We didn't know what to expect so it was kind of terrifying when we had to transport someone who was sick with COVID," Henson said.

Henson's worrying doesn't stop at the fire station. She said she worries about being the virus back to her family; he wife and two dogs.

But now shes taking part in thie trial for the COVID-19 vaccination, so that doesn't happen.

"When I went in for my first shot they screens me for any history of COVID," Henson said.

Like the test, she's hopeful the vaccine works so her job can get slowly back to normal.

Henson is one of the six firefighters at station 1 that is participating in the trial. Henson told News 4 Tucson she hasn't had any side effects.

Austin Walker

Austin is a Reporter at KVOA News 4 Tucson. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2020.

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