Originally published in Castine Patriot, March 4, 2021 and Island Ad-Vantages, March 4, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, March 4, 2021
Volunteers needed for vaccination clinics
For anyone who has been sitting on the sidelines waiting for a way to support healthcare workers and make a difference during COVID 19, here’s their chance to move from the sidelines to the frontlines!
Northern Light Health is seeking volunteers from across Maine to volunteer their time at one or more Community Vaccine Clinics in a variety of roles, both clinical and non-clinical. Northern Light is actively recruiting athletic teams, service organization members, workplace teams, retirees, and others, who would be interested in helping to protect their communities and neighbors against COVID-19.
“Supporting the Mass Vaccination Clinics at the Cross Center through volunteer service is a great opportunity for people to make a direct and positive impact on the community during this global pandemic,” Stacey Coventry, director, Volunteer and Community Development Services, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center, said in a news release. “In addition to dozens of healthcare workers and leaders, each of our Bangor clinics is supported by more than 70 volunteers helping in a variety of roles. To date, volunteers have donated more than 2,500 hours of service to this community effort. The ongoing success and sustainability of these clinics truly requires a village.”
There are various clinical and non-clinical roles including COVID symptom screeners, line traffic managers, appointment validators, check-in staff, pharmacy techs, clinical observers, and more. Clinics are operating several days a week and volunteers are needed for four- to eight-hour shifts during every clinic.
Community volunteers will need to register, complete a quick online orientation, and pass a background check. Anyone with a clinical background will need to have an active license in good standing and provide their licensure information for verification. All approved volunteers will receive the training and education necessary to serve in their assigned role.
Anyone interested can register at northernlighthealth.org/covidvolunteers and become a Community Vaccination Clinic Volunteer.