Some hospitals seek community members to help administer COVID-19 vaccine doses

VIDEO: Some hospitals seek community members to help administer COVID-19 vaccine doses

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - As healthcare systems ramp up COVID vaccine distributions, some hospitals are calling on community members with prior medical or data gathering experience to help.

On Friday, MUSC Health officials said they are actively recruiting individuals into temporary roles to help with vaccination administration, registration, and data entry. 

“We are proactively reaching out to retired previous MUSC employees, working with educational programs (nursing school, pharmacy school) to help support the vaccination effort,” MUSC’s Montez Seabrook said.

Tidelands Health officials are opening about 50 temporary positions to help hospital workers administer the COVID-19 vaccine to tens of thousands of people across the region.

Tidelands officials are calling this a “massive public health initiative.”

The Georgetown County based healthcare system has already enlisted the help of the state’s national guard, as an SC Guard heath care NCO administered the COVID-19 vaccine to a citizen for the first time at the Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital on Thursday.

Now the healthy system is asking individuals with previous health care experience to apply for a range of temporary positions, including vaccine administrator and clinic monitor. They are also looking for individuals with data entry and customer service experience who can serve as a clinic registrar.

Tidelands health officials said those who are hired for the temporary positions will be fully trained and will receive the COVID-19 vaccine before beginning work.

“Our goal is to vaccinate as many people as we can, as quickly and safely as we can, in accordance with state guidelines,” said Gayle Resetar, the health system’s chief operating officer. “To do that, we need support from our community. If you are a retired nurse, if you’ve left the work force or even if you’re already working in our community but would like to earn additional income, this is a great opportunity to serve.”

Resetar said COVID-19 levels have stretched the Tidelands’ workforce to the limit.

“To successfully carry out a communitywide vaccination program, we’re investing in these new staff positions that will enable us to safely get vaccine in arms as quickly as possible,” Resetar said.

Tidelands officials said those who are hired for the temporary positions will be fully trained and will have appropriate personal protective equipment to safeguard their health.

You can apply online at tidelandshealth.org/careers/.

“By temporarily increasing our staffing, we can make sure we’re ready to vaccinate our community as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible,” Resetar said.

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