San Juan County Vaccine Delivery: Help Wanted

posted about 1 month ago by from San Juan Island Community Foundation Labels: volunteer
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From San Juan County Department of Emergency Management

As you’re well aware, the ongoing effort to deliver COVID vaccine is a complex, labor intensive, and logistically heavy undertaking to say the least. It is also the single most important thing we as a society can be doing to get past this crisis, protect our community, and return to normal. San Juan County Health & Community Services is currently the only provider of vaccine in the islands (hopefully pharmacies and some medical providers will be coming online soon). Regardless of what other support the islands receive, the County Vaccine Team is working to drastically increase it’s capacity for delivering immunizations so that we’re well poised as vaccine supply increases.

As part of that, we need help with finding competent individuals to help ensure vaccine efforts run smoothly.

Ideally, we are looking for:

  1. People who are available to work two full days a week if they are on Orcas or San Juan, or one day a week on Lopez. Ideally they would be consistently available for those 1 or 2 days per week for the next 3-6 months (clearly there can be some flexibility and occasional missed shifts, but we’re looking for genuine commitment).
  2. People can join the team in one of three ways: a. A business or organization can offer up a staff member to support the effort. County will provide liability coverage. b. An independent volunteer, enrolled with County who provides liability coverage. c. As a temporary, emergency, on-call hire with the County. There are limited paid slots, but it is an option.

In general, there are three roles that are a good fit for those coming in with no specific expertise or training:


• Safely make initial contact with patients

• Instruct patients to wait in car/outside until scheduled appointment time to ensure site safety and social distancing needs.

• Provide clear instruction on what to expect at immunization site

• Answer basic questions, and direct other questions to additional site staff

• Provide appropriate consent, patient information and releases

• May be asked to confirm ID, verify against Master Schedule Roster for the clinic

• Maintain use of proper PPE and infection prevention measures

• Communicate any problems to Clinician or Site Manager

Data Entry and Infection Prevention Staff

• Collect clipboards and pens from patients in waiting area/pre-vaccination line

• Disinfect used clipboards, pens and restock Greeter station with clipboards, pens

• Coordinating closely with Clinician Assistants to collect completed patient consent forms.

• May enter completed patient vaccination documentation into the Washington State Immunization Information System (WAIIS), or delegate to other site or administrative staff.

Site Set Up, Runners and Additional Staff

• There are often unforeseen events that can easily be resolved by utilizing unassigned staff

• In longer events the additional staff can provide needed breaks for assigned line work

• If additional resources are needed runners can accomplish without taking away from other assignments

• This staff is also critical with set up and tear down.

• Ability to work independently and under direction of Site Manager

If you are interested in helping, please click on the "I Want To Volunteer" button on our main Recovers home page. Your information will be forwarded to San Juan County Department of Emergency Management.


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