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Cowles brings vaccination program to Putnam

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    Cowles head nurse Ally Alexander (left) vaccinates Eatonton resident Louvenia Parker last Friday with a COVID Moderna vaccine as part of the first come, first serve 500 vaccination program by Cowles Clinic Center of Urology. LEE COLEMAN/Staff
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    Cowles staffer Jaime Brown prepares paperwork for citizens who took advantage of the vaccination program. LEE COLEMAN/Staff
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Cowles Clinic of Urology-Cedar College in Greensboro donated 500 COVID Moderna vaccines last Friday in Eatonton as part of their vaccination program to deliver doses to all those in need of the injection.

Hosted by Mayor John Reid and wife Janie Reid, Cowles delivered 120 vaccinations during the three hour event at the old Eatonton water works building.

“We are very grateful to them for coming,” said Mayor Reid. “Mother Nature rained on our parade but we’ll get a lot of folks vaccinated today [Friday].”

Janie said people need to stay diligent in protection but emphasized the need for the vaccines for our country to get out of COVID.

“Everyone needs to get vaccinated,” she said. “It is so important so we can finally get people protected so we can all heal.”

It was a team effort for Cowles as they worked patiently and diligently to get visitors through the lines on a rainy Friday afternoon.

“We are just thrilled for the people who can out with the weather. We wanted to provide as many vaccines as we possibly could to Eatonton and the surrounding communities,” said Cowles Vice President Jennifer Koppen. “We are happy to show up to help these people. We are reaching out to places where we think the vaccines are needed. We have been providing the Moderna vaccine since it came out at the end of December.

“We have had so many volunteers from the surrounding areas come and help us manage the hundreds of people we saw every week come to the office for their vaccines. This was a small army of people to help us manage the phase we were in.”

Head Cowles nurse Ally Alexander wished more people had come but said the clinic will return to the water works building on April 23 to continue the vaccinations.

“It was good,” she said. “I wish more people would have come out but we ended up giving 120 vaccinations. There are a lot of things about the vaccine that people are scared of and a lot of unknown things they are scared of not knowing the long term effects and what could happen and what will happen.”

When Cowles returns on April 23, Alexander said she would like to double the vaccines.

“We can do this,” she said. “We just need to get the word out.”

On April 30, Koppen said the clinic will begin its monthly injection program with a mass injection day at the clinic.

“That’s where we’re going with this program,” she explained. “Every month we will start doing a mass vaccination and on April 30 th , that will be the first one from 9 until11 a.m.”

Koppen estimated Cowles Clinic-Cedar College in Greensboro has delivered about2,500 vaccinations since December.

Citizens wait their turn last week during the Cowles Clinic vaccination program in Eatonton. By the end of the three hour program, 120 citizens had received an injection of the Moderna COVID vaccine.