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Jefferson Spirits vaccine clinic offers top-shelf shots

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Jefferson Spirits owner Dennis Clark hopes to reach the bar crowd by teaming up with a pharmacist for a "Shots for Shots“ vaccine clinic Saturday evening at the downtown Medford bar’s basement level ”Medicine Room Speakeasy.”
Newly vaccinated will get voucher for food or high-end drinks

Downtown Medford bar-goers who haven’t had the jab can get caught up in a single dose this weekend, then enjoy a shot of something special.

Jefferson Spirits — in partnership with Rogue River Pharmacy and representatives of high-end brands of scotch and spirits — will hold a “Shot for Shot” vaccine clinic from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, inside the bar at 404 E. Main St., Medford.

A pharmacist will administer up to 100 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the bar’s basement level “Medicine Room Speakeasy,” according to owner Dennis Clark.

The bar will give those who just got vaccinated a coupon to try "just about everything we have,” be it a free drink or a free food item. The voucher could cover a plate of fries or a charcuterie board, but Clark believes more people will be interested in one of the bar’s high-end distilled offerings.

Representatives from distilleries and liquor distributors will conduct tastings during the event of high-end whiskeys, tequilas and scotches that normally run between $40 and $50 a shot.

“It’s a fun incentive to taste something you might normally skip on,” Clark said.

The bar clinic won’t administer the vaccine to anyone inebriated, and the coupon can be redeemed at a later date, Clark said.

Clark, a retired pharmacist who worked in the field for 30 years, teamed up with his friend, pharmacist Garvin Hamilton at Rogue River Pharmacy, to make the vaccine clinic happen.

“I have a real comfort with vaccinations,” Clark said. “I was giving them for the last 20 years.”

“This one’s not much different from other vaccinations — it just has a little more political bent to it,” Clark added.

Hamilton has been a part of numerous vaccination clinics at workplaces, and Clark thought his bar on a Saturday night would reach a crowd that may not otherwise carve out time to get vaccinated — especially considering the bar’s Medicine Room Speakeasy in the basement.

“All of my pharmacy paraphernalia went to the speakeasy,” Clark said. “We just thought it was a cool place to have it.”

As a bar and restaurant owner, Clark said the novel coronavirus has been "a problem-causer in the industry,” and that he wanted to do what he could to “get us closer to that safe zone.”

“We want to be part of the solution,” Clark said.

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