Veterinarian offers to help in vaccine push: “I can get 60+ patients done in 2 hours, and that’s patients trying to bite me.”

As governments around the world grapple with trying to get COVID-19 vaccines into arms of people, veterinarian Mark Primiano has an outside-the-box suggestion.

“I’m only half-joking when I say they should recruit vets to help give the vaccine,” the Chicago-based vet tweeted Sunday. “On any given vaccine clinic day, I can get 60+ patients done in 2 hours, and that’s patients trying to bite me.”

Within a day, the post was liked and retweeted more than 100,000 times.

Jurisdictions all over are trying to recruit health care professionals to administer the shots from Pfizer and Moderna.

“Back at the start of this, Illinois sent out an all hands on deck thing for medicos of any type,” Primiano added. “Not quite a draft but more or less one. We signed up. We’re ready. We’re waiting.”

Medical professionals like him — and more who are raising their hands, including dentists and pharmacists — are willing to step in whenever it’s needed.

“I’ll burn days off to help get this job done,” Primiano added. “I’ll take second shifts on days I work for the greater good. Tag us in. Get this thing going.”

In his regular life, Primiano has worked with all kinds of animals — wild and domestic.

The all hands on deck concept might not be a bad idea. There are takers.

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