Volunteer Vaccinators Needed

Are you a licensed medical professional certified to give shots? Use your skills to volunteer with Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and help provide COVID-19 vaccines for the community

Monday, March 15, 2021

If you are a currently licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse (RN/LPN/NP) or EMT (paramedic/advanced/intermediate) and would like to help administer COVID-19 vaccinations, your skills are urgently needed.

The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health (DPH), in partnership with the City of Virginia Beach, is now working to vaccinate Virginia Beach residents four to six days a week. This more intensive schedule is taking a toll on volunteers who comprise about half of the vaccination clinic's operational staff. Additionally, as vaccine supply increases, more vaccinators will be required to continue to quickly and efficiently inoculate Virginia Beach residents. 

Virginia Beach EMS is now recruiting volunteer vaccinators to assist with administering COVID-19 shots.

Volunteer Vaccinator Requirements:

  • Complete an EMS volunteer application at VBEMS.com/VolunteerVaccinator (select "Create Account")
  • Provide your credentials/certifications for verification
  • Complete a brief EMS orientation over the phone
  • Complete several brief online training courses (total time required is 2-3 hours)
  • Consent to a background check performed by the Virginia Beach EMS (at the department's cost).

"Virginia Beach EMS has long been a volunteer-driven agency and volunteers are the lifeblood of this operation," said Ed Brazle, Virginia Beach EMS Chief. "The giving spirit of these people during this difficult time has been tremendous, but we can't ask them to keep up the current pace over the next several months, and more hands will help make our clinic sustainable in the long term."

Provided prospective candidates complete all training and required checks, they should be approved to begin vaccinating within 10 business days. Volunteers will be credentialed by EMS with ID cards and asked to submit their availability. Shifts will be scheduled by EMS with notification in advance of the vaccination clinic. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of two shifts per month. Clinics generally run Monday-Friday.

Signing up to volunteer at the vaccination clinics does not obligate volunteers to provide any additional services to EMS. Email questions to vaccinators@VBgov.com.

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