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HEROES OF COVID-19: Banner’s vaccination team working to protect community

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TUCSON (KVOA) -- Thousands of people who come to Banner's vaccination site at Kino Sports Complex are leaving with a little more protection against COVID-19. That's all thanks to a group of health care workers who have stepped up to help.

"The people that are working out here, they are very blessed and dedicated to administering these vaccines to the community," Alen Schulze, Director of Operations for Banner Ambulatory said. "None of them had to be out here. These people are out here because they care and they want to make a difference."

Every car that drives through the site gets a vaccine with a greeting.

"In my opinion they are doing God's work at this clinic," Schulze said. "We're seeing about 1,550 patients a day and I think that is pretty significant."

A Smooth operation, thanks in part to the many healthcare workers who show up everyday, eager to get every single person in line a chance to be protected.

"We come to work excited, sleeves rolled up, ready to take care of our patients everyday," Lori Thorne Associate Chief Nursing Officer for Banner Ambulatory said. "Often we need to change up assignments or move people in different places…to get the job done whatever it needs to be and they're always here ready to serve us."

While many of the workers won't call themselves heroes, many can agree they are.

"Definitely are heroes. What they are doing on a daily basis being out here," Craig Hannun Operations Consultant for Banner University Medicine Ambulatory Clinics said. "They're not being told to be out here, they signed up for it. They've been re-deployed from the clinics that they work in full-time. To be out here every single day out here in the elements, in the rustic settings vaccinating the world."

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