JCDHE, Heart to Heart International screen volunteers to administer COVID-19 vaccines

Posted at 8:05 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 23:41:59-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Heart to Heart International is partnering with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment to screen volunteers who will administer COVID-19 vaccines.

“The scale of this phenomenon is unlike anything we have seen,” Brian Sink, vice president of volunteerism and staffing engagement for Heart to Heart International, said. “It requires more individuals than do this for a living or commonly volunteer.”

For a large clinic administering 1,400 doses a day, JCDHE said it needs at least 20 to 50 volunteers. Vaccinators must have medical certifications or be licensed to provide inter-muscular injections.

“We’ve been involved in screening volunteers for many, many years so we know what kinds of questions to ask and how to validate board certifications and licenses of medical personnel,” Sink said.

Volunteers who wish to help at vaccination events should fill out an application on Heart to Heart International’s website.