Wanted: Preble volunteers to help with COVID vaccine distribution

Preble County Public Health is seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to help as they move forward planning for the anticipated COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

The volunteers will work through their Medical Reserve Corps program.

The department will need medical volunteers to help with screening residents for the vaccine as well as vaccine administration, said Suzy Cottingim, emergency response coordinator at Preble County Public Health. She said non-medical volunteers will assist with registration, greeting and routing clients, data entry, and other tasks.

“We have a small staff and will rely heavily on volunteers to assist with vaccine distribution,” she said.

If interested in volunteering, call is (937) 472-0087, extension 207, or email suzy@preblecountyhealth.org.

Volunteers have helped the health department and other county agencies throughout the pandemic, from checking in on seniors to collecting to distributing masks and more. Most counties in Ohio have a Medical Reserve Corps program.

The first batch of coronavirus vaccines expected to arrive in Ohio next week. Initially, there will be a limited number of vaccines available. Those who are at highest risk of contracting and transmitting the virus will be among the first to be able to access vaccination, such as health care workers who care for COVID-19 patients and nursing home and assisted living residents and staff.

The state is updating information about the vaccine at coronavirus.ohio.gov/vaccine.

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