COVID-19 vacine

California Launches New Volunteer Program to Accelerate Vaccine Efforts

Volunteers who work four or more hours may be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said.

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Thousands of volunteers are needed throughout the state of California as more vaccination centers open and more people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The state has launched MyTurnVolunteer, a portal for anyone interested in signing up to work volunteer shifts.

Those who volunteer might have the possibility of receiving the vaccine.

At the Kedren Clinic in South Los Angeles alone, hundreds are needed to help vaccinate at least 2,500 people per day.

“We have more than 200 volunteers here daily. It is very important to have volunteers because our seniors need help with registration,” said Jerry Abraham, director of the vaccination program at the Kedren Health Clinic.

While local coronavirus numbers are improving, health officials stressed the importance of testing. Christine Kim reports for NBC LA at 8 p.m. Saturday Aug. 22, 2020.

Victoria Ramírez, a volunteer at the vaccination center, says volunteering was the best decision she could have made because she can help the most vulnerable people receive the vaccine.

“This is a historic moment, and I am here completing my mission of helping people," she said. 

Ramírez who speaks Spanish, has been able to help many Hispanics, one of the communities that have been affected by COVID-19 the most.

“I want to help my Latino community and the other communities that have been affected by the virus,” she said.

While they say there is joy and fear, they also say the can't imagine not seeing their coworkers and patients. Kim Baldonado reports March 5, 2021.

"I was able to get vaccinated, and I already received the second dose," Ramírez said.

Anyone who wants to volunteer for shifts can register here.

The organization primarily needs people with knowledge in the area of medicine to administer the vaccine, but people who can help with logistics and registration are also welcome.

"We need as many people as we can get," said Josh Fryday, California's director of services.

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