Volunteers, staff members needed for COVID vaccination clinics

With the supply of COVID vaccine increasing locally, area providers are looking for help in getting shots in arms.

Both Linn County and Samaritan Health have issued calls for help – volunteers for the county’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center and paid staffers for Samaritan.

Although the county clinics are going well as officials make daily adjustments to fit the circumstances, Health Director Todd Noble said more volunteers will be needed as the county’s share of vaccine doses increases.

Noble added that 95% of the operation is staffed by volunteers, about 50 to 65 per day. 

“We have been told by the Oregon Health Authority that we are going to see significantly more vaccines later this month,” Noble said. “If we have more volunteers, we can administer more vaccinations each day.”

Noble said the clinics — usually three to four days per week — have administered more than 24,000 vaccinations. This week clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

“We need medical staff who are able to give injections as well as non-medial volunteers,” Noble said. Anyone who would like to volunteer and be the solution to end this pandemic is asked to sign up at https://www.linncountyhealth.org/ph/page/current-covid-19-information.

Noble said Linn County and Samaritan Health Services are partnering on a call center and waiting list. 

Anyone who would like to be on the waiting list for a vaccine, can go to the Linn County COVID vaccine website at http://www.linncountyhealth.org/ph/page/covid-19-vaccines-information for additional information.

“The average waiting time for a vaccine at the fairgrounds site  has been three to six minutes,” Noble said.   “We urge the public to not come too early because this causes longer waiting times. But do not worry, if you arrive late for your appointment you will be vaccinated.”

Noble asks that people arrive no more than five minutes before their scheduled appointment.

“That keeps us moving smoothly so we can get people through the process quickly and efficiently,” Noble said. “We cannot say enough about the generosity and community service of the Medical Reserve Corps volunteers,” Noble said.

Noble said volunteers must be at least 18 years old and be able to pass a background check.

He said medical volunteers may include physicians, nurses, EMT/paramedics, physician’s assistants, dental hygienists dentists, veterinarians etc.

Non-medical volunteers are needed as greeters, patient assistants, patient waiting monitors, cleaning and sanitizing and supply runners.

To register to volunteer, visit  http://www.linncountyhealth.org/ph/page/current-covid-19-information.

Samaritan Health

Samaritan Health Services has posted several dozen temporary medical and non-medical positions related to community COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

The positions, funded by a FEMA grant, will enable Samaritan to ramp up resources to support the COVID-19 vaccination assistance scheduling hotline and mass vaccination clinics at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

Open positions include:

– Financial specialists;

– Admitting registrars;

– Information Services clinical workflow specialists;

– Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians; and

– Vaccinators consisting of medical assistants (CMA) and nurses (RN and LPN).

Find the list of open positions at samhealth.org/Jobs.