Dear UMass Dartmouth Community,
In January, UMass President Marty Meehan and Chancellor Michael F. Collins of the UMass Medical School called for the creation of a vaccination corps to help America quickly protect the population. The Vaccine Corps would mobilize individuals to vaccinate as many people as possible within the Commonwealth.
To register volunteers, the UMass Medical School constructed a volunteer portal where you can sign up to help and learn more about this initiative.
The Vaccine Corps is seeking volunteers to deploy in settings from mobile units to small clinics and large-scale vaccination sites and volunteers can perform a wide variety of duties in a vaccination effort.
Those who are licensed healthcare professionals can administer the vaccine, monitor vaccine recipients for side effects, assist with vaccine preparation, and oversee student vaccinators. Students in any of the following health care professions can be trained to administer the vaccine under the supervision of a licensed provider: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, Pharmacist.
All other volunteers can participate in a variety of activities supporting the vaccination effort. Those include, but are not limited to greeter, data entry, customer assistance and service, and general clinic operational support.
I urge anyone who has the above-mentioned skills or drive to help in their community to volunteer with the Vaccine Corps. I know that the committed students, faculty, and staff on our campus will join with their peers from across the state to help fight this public health crisis.
Marianne Sullivan, DNP, ANP-BC
Director Health Services