Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Dennis Clark, owner of Jefferson Spirits, hopes to reach the bar crowd by teaming up with a licensed pharmacist for a “Shots for Shots” vaccination clinic on Saturday night in the basement of the downtown bar from Medford, “Medicine Room Speakeasy”.
Newly vaccinated will receive a voucher for premium food or drink
Bar-goers in downtown Medford who haven’t had the jab can get carried away with a single dose this weekend, then enjoy a pic of something special.
Jefferson Spirits – in partnership with Rogue River Pharmacy and representatives of high-end scotch and spirits brands – will host a “Shot for Shot” vaccination clinic from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, inside the bar of 404 E. Main St. in Medford.
A licensed pharmacist will administer up to 100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine at the basement level of the Medicine Room Speakeasy bar, according to Dennis Clark, owner of Jefferson Spirits.
The bar, in turn, will give those who have just been vaccinated a coupon to try “just about anything we’ve got”, whether it’s a free drink or free food. The coupon could certainly cover a plate of fries or a cold cut board, Clark believes more people will be interested in one of the bar’s high-end distilled offerings.
Representatives of distilleries and liquor distributors will host tastings at the event of premium whiskeys, tequilas and scotches that normally cost between $ 40 and $ 50 a shot.
“It’s a fun inducement to taste something that you could normally skip,” Clark said.
The bar clinic will not administer the vaccine to anyone who is intoxicated, and the voucher can also be used at a later date, Clark said.
Clark, a retired pharmacist who worked in the field for 30 years, partnered with his friend and licensed pharmacist Garvin Hamilton of Rogue River Pharmacy to run the vaccination clinic.
“I’m really comfortable with vaccinations,” Clark said. “I have given them away for the past 20 years.”
“This one is not much different from other vaccines – it just has a little more political bent,” Clark added.
Hamilton had attended many workplace vaccination clinics, and Clark believed his bar on a Saturday night would reach a crowd that might not have time to get the shot – especially given the “Medicine Room Speakeasy”. »From the bar to the basement.
“All my drugstore paraphernalia went to the sweatshop,” Clark said. “We just thought this was a cool place to have it.”
As a bar and restaurant owner, Clark said the coronavirus has been “a cause of trouble in the industry” and that he wants to do what he can to “bring us closer to this safe zone.”
“We want to be part of the solution,” Clark said.