Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics are relying heavily on volunteers, who are tasked with setting up sites, answering phones, assisting patients and doing paperwork.
KING 5 has compiled a list of current volunteer opportunities in the Puget Sound region. Some of them are experiencing a surge in interest from potential volunteers and opportunities could be very limited.
Kaiser Permanente is seeking volunteers who are 19+ years of age and not at risk for severe COVID-19 illness to assist patients at vaccine clinics. Due to an overwhelming number of applicants, Kaiser paused new applications on March 2.
Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, which has hospitals throughout the South Sound, is seeking volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 20 hours over the course of three months. As of March 2, all opportunities are full. The application process will be reopened as needs arise.
The Swedish COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Seattle University closed on Feb. 26. Swedish says more volunteer opportunities will be coming soon.
Snohomish County Medical Reserve Corps assists the Snohomish Health District and is seeking volunteers.
The Thurston County Medical Reserve Corps is seeking volunteers for medical and non-medical roles.
The Kitsap County Medical Reserve Corps is assisting with vaccine clinics and says professionals of all types are encouraged to register, including nurses, medical assistants, dentists and others. Volunteers are also needed in non-medical positions. Apply here.
Whatcom County Unified Command says volunteers can assist with COVID testing, food banks, and other tasks related to coronavirus response.
WhidbeyHealth and Island County Department of Emergency Management are looking for clinical and non-clinical volunteers.
The Walla Walla Volunteer Corps is coordinating volunteer efforts in Walla Walla County.
The CovidWA.com vaccine finder website, which is run by volunteers, is looking for people with technical and non-technical skills.
Washington State is seeking community health volunteers. Roles include customer care/service, data gathering and entry and analysis, language skills, and more. A current healthcare license or medical background is not a requirement for volunteering.
Keep checking this list as more opportunities become available.