Honeywell – ‘I Witnessed A Mass Vaccination Clinic’
By Cassie Cope, Senior Brand Journalist
How vaccinating thousands could mark a turn for the pandemic – and seeing it in action gave me hope.
It has been nearly a year since the COVID-19 pandemic altered our lives.
For me, that has meant a year of keeping extra masks in the car, working from home, washing my hands while singing in my head, binging TV shows, learning new recipes and attempting to train my pandemic puppy.
It has also been a year of tests. Tests of patience and tests of cotton swabs shoved deep in my nostrils. (I’ve had about 10 COVID tests, mostly as precautions.)
I’m grateful my pandemic experience has been marked by inconveniences. Millions of people around the world have suffered the loss of loved ones or had their health severely impacted.
It has been a long year, but then I witnessed a mass vaccination clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1 Million Vaccines
At the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Honeywell partnered with health care provider Atrium Health, the state of North Carolina and local government officials to administer 16,000 doses of vaccines over three days.
An even larger event will be held during the last weekend in January at Bank of America Stadium, in partnership with Tepper Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Carolina Panthers. Officials estimate as many as 19,000 people will receive the vaccine then.
The clinics events are part of the public-private partnership promise to distribute 1 million vaccines by July 4, 2021.
As a partner in the effort, Honeywell employees volunteered to help behind the scenes. I was one of them and spent a few hours combining paperwork, a sticker, ink pen and mask into patient packets.
I worked alongside a colleague that I had just met — socially distanced at opposite ends of a table. We talked muffled through our masks about how the pandemic had affected us.
She had also canceled trips, read a lot of books and finished watching that popular TV show.
Behind the Scenes
On the same track that has hosted so many races, hundreds of cars lined up as those eligible waited to receive the vaccine.
Patients stayed in their vehicles the entire time as they drove to various checkpoints. First, they confirmed their appointments, then reviewed screening questions with clinical staff, and eventually made their way to the Speedway garage.
There, in two dozen bays, patients simultaneously received their shots.
My eyes teared up as I thought about what those shots represent.
It’s a shot at returning to times that are precedented and normal.
A shot at brushing shoulders with strangers in a movie theater.
A shot at celebrating holidays with loved ones.
A shot at ending the pandemic.
Cassie Cope writes technology stories for Honeywell and produces The Future Is… podcast. She lives in Charlotte, N.C. with her husband and two dogs.