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Ingham County needs volunteer vaccinators

Posted at 9:13 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 22:09:12-05

LANSING, Mich. — Staff at Lansing Urgent Care have been working nonstop to help in the fight against the coronavirus, whether it’s right here in their own facility or on their own time as volunteer vaccinators.

“Vaccinators are the most difficult volunteers to come by because not everyone can vaccinate. So, vaccinators are generally the health care workers that are already working really hard,” Lansing Urgent Care’s Director of Business Hillary Myers said.

Lansing Urgent Care has staffed four of the six lanes at the Ingham County drive-thru vaccination site for months now.

Sarah Warren is a physician's assistant at Lansing Urgent Care and she’s taken on the task of coordinating staff volunteers with the Ingham County Health Department vaccination center.

“I do have staff, especially through Lansing Urgent Care, and we've been helping to staff the clinic since December, who will either come on their days off or they will come in before their shift and so they'll work five hours vaccinating and then they'll go in and work,” Warren said.

Warren says her staff doesn’t complain because they know how important it is to help, but she knows they need reinforcements to keep going.

“Generally, I think a lot of people want to help but they don’t know how to help or where to go or how to donate time and they don’t know what’s needed,” Myers said.

Local health officials are hoping to find retired medical professionals who could lend a helping hand.

“We're looking for people with medical degrees so nurses, advanced practice professionals. We do a license check on people and a background check. That being said, a lot of our best volunteers are retired, so we don't necessarily need an active license but an old license is okay for those people as well,” Warren said.

Warren and her staff appreciate any help from the community to keep each other safe as the vaccination process continues.

“This is going to be ongoing for a while, so, while we may not need every person right now, we're definitely going to need a lot of continued medical support and non-medical support in the community to keep things rolling and to get as many vaccines out every week as we can,” Warren said.

Lansing Urgent Care says they’re committed to helping the vaccination effort until all Michiganders have gotten their shots - which could be months away. People with valid medical licenses who are interested in volunteering can fill out an interest form at the Lansing Urgent Care website.

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