A legacy health worker for being one of the first Oregonians to be vaccinated against COVID-19: Beat Check podcast

Legacy Emanuel COVID-19 Vaccinations

Oregon’s first COVID-19 vaccinations were given at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on December 16, 2020.Dave Killen / The Oregonian

Oregon health workers were first vaccinated against COVID-19 on Wednesday, a historic moment in the pandemic that killed more than 1,200 Oregonians in less than a year.

In this bonus episode of Beat Check with The Oregonian, we spoke with one of the first Oregonians to receive the vaccine. Jeremy Howard is a respiratory therapist at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center in Northwest Portland, where he has worked since 2003.

We talked about how he got shortlisted to get the vaccine, how it could change his life in the short and long term, and a lot more.

Here’s the full episode: