Here’s how community groups are getting COVID-19 vaccinations to Indigenous people in Toronto

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Indigenous vaccine outreach in big cities like Toronto comes with a unique set of challenges.  Providing a level of “cultural safety” is critical for many Indigenous people because of a mistrust of health-care institutions, deeply rooted in atrocities such as experimentation on Indigenous children in residential schools to racist mistreatment in hospitals that continue to this day

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is seeking volunteers with medical backgrounds to help with vaccinations

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Although the region remains in Phase 1 of the province’s three-phase COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, health unit officials say they may need support from residents with health-care know-how when mass inoculation begins.

The Rotary Club of Cobourg is leading a community collaboration to recruit volunteers to assist at the Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic at the Cobourg Community Centre.

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Volunteers are needed to assist at the clinics; organize volunteer scheduling and drive seniors to vaccine clinics. 50-60 volunteers are needed per day to support the clinics. MORE INFORMATION

Volunteers step forward as U of T hosts downtown vaccine clinic on St. George campus

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The vaccine clinic, hosted on the St. George campus, is part of a university-wide effort. At U of T Mississauga, a mass vaccination site operated by Trillium Health Partners and overseen by Peel Public Health plans to administer up to 2,000 shots a day, and to scale up to 4,000 later on. U of T is ultimately planning to host vaccination sites on all three of its campuses, and to provide health-profession students with opportunities to get involved.

Labrador-Grenfell Health is engaging the public in search of motivated volunteers looking to be part of the COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

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They are looking for Greeters; Post-Immunization Observers and Flow Director/Runners


Red Cross in PEI are looking for volunteers to help out with testing and vaccinations, contact tracing & other jobs

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The Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) is helping to recruit former nurses and nurse practitioners to assist with the pandemic response

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NANB is working with the Government of New Brunswick to ensure an adequate supply of nurses to assist in this effort.

New Brunswick seeking volunteers for community immunization clinics

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Shifts will be four hours or less. Water and snacks will be provided. Fill the application form, then contact Volunteer Services in your area.

Sask. physicians answer call for volunteers to provide vaccines

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An email from the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) was circulating among physicians looking for volunteers to give the vaccine to long-term care residents throughout the city the following day. The call was answered quickly. In both centres big and small, physicians rushed to volunteer – to fill an urgent need to provide people in their communities with the vaccine.

Saskatchewan Health Authority is seeking volunteers to assist in different roles to support COVID-19 response

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COVID-19 Pandemic Volunteers Wanted: We will reach out to successful applicants within one to two business days to discuss opportunities that may be suitable for you. Thank you in advance for your desire to help during the COVID-19 pandemic; together, we will get through this. Apply to become a volunteer.


Jebenevole posts volunteer opportunities including transporting people to their COVID appointments across Quebec

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Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic in Calgary organizing physician volunteers for immunization clinics at large meat processing facility in High River, Alta

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Alberta plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to about 15,000 workers at meat-packing plants

Volunteers helping to transport seniors to COVID-19 vaccinations in Calgary

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Calgary Seniors Resource Society organizes volunteers to drive seniors to their vaccination appointments. Learn more about Calgary Senior Resource Society online.

A community group in Winnipeg’s North End is launching a new campaign aimed at fighting vaccine “misinformation.”

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Norwest’s campaign to address concerns around the COVID-19 vaccine with accurate information will be delivered to their clients and the public through social media posts and interactive sessions.

Over 200 Queen’s University medical students volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Kingston

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Kingston Health Sciences Centre was alerted that they would be getting a large amount of vaccines that needed to be distributed quickly.

In Manitoba, people with health expertise are being recruited to volunteer as clinic managers, post-immunization observers and immunizers

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Jobs have been posted online seeking physicians, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals including pharmacists and veterinarians. The postings are also open to former providers and students studying to become a health professional as long as they’ve completed the immunization portion of their training.

Training for eligible professionals surrounding the specifics of the COVID-19 vaccine is being provided through Red River College. The training takes eight hours which includes five hours of online theory and three hours of lab time.

People assigned to work in immunization clinics are in one of the priority groups to get the vaccine.

Waterloo Public Health is currently looking for volunteers for its COVID-19 vaccination clinic in a variety of non-medical roles.

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Public Health is seeking people to help weekdays, weeknights and weekends, and is asking for a three-month commitment.

Those interested, can sign up on the region’s website or call the Service First Call Centre at 519-575-4400 or TTY (Telephone for the deaf and hard of hearing): 519-575-4608.

Manitoba seeking volunteers at testing sites, healthcare facilities

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The Manitoba government is looking for volunteers to help with the work being done at COVID-19 testing sites and healthcare-facilities. The province said volunteers are needed for several tasks at testing sites, to support screening at health facilities, and to provide health system support to help frontline workers. To sign up, Manitobans need to create a profile on the HelpNextDoorMB app, select a region of the province and an area of interest. The province will then automatically conduct criminal record and vulnerable persons check. Once approved, the volunteer’s contact information will be shared with the respective health authority to follow up if they find a match.

Volunteers organize to drive seniors to COVID-19 vaccination appointments in the Windsor area

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Dozens of volunteers across Windsor-Essex are ready to ensure all seniors have a ride to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. The region’s first public vaccine clinic started Monday morning with seniors 80 years and older arriving at the WFCU Centre. It’s a joint initiative made possible by two groups including Windsor Frontline Health Care Workers and Windsor-Essex Seniors Needing Assistance, a seniors advocacy group that began at the onset of the global pandemic.Last week, the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) said plans for mobile or ‘pop-up’-style vaccination clinics were in the works to ensure those with limited mobility are able to receive the vaccine.

Nova Scotia health care professionals considering how to use volunteers in their next phase of mass vaccinations

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Nurses, nurse practitioners and pharmacists could help with vaccinations, together with dentists, vets, physiotherapists. Veterinarians, vet technicians, and dentists do many injections, and physiotherapists and physiotherapy students are intimately acquainted with anatomy. These people might be trained to help with injections, while other volunteers without that expertise could help with registration and related task

Applications open for healthcare volunteers to assist with COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Windsor

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Registered healthcare professionals interested in volunteering with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to rollout the COVID-19 vaccines can now do so online.Those interested and qualified can go to the online application form to submit their information. There will be a minimum time commitment needed and a chance on the form to specify area preference and availability.

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St. John Ambulance medical first responder volunteers are among those supporting the COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Fort St. John.

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Volunteers have also been giving their time at clinics in Quesnel and Terrace. St. John Ambulance says it will continue to volunteer at clinics over the coming weeks.

Volunteers from are helping seniors book and get to their COVID-19 vaccinations

COVID testing/vaccination initiatives mobilizes volunteers with cars to help take the guesswork out of the vaccination process for seniors, helping them not only book their appointments online or over the phone but shuttle them to and from vaccination clinics throughout the year. Rides are available to seniors 70+.

Given the current rate of vaccines in York Region, the need for drivers is expected to surge come June as second dose appointments arrive.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit uses retired nurses, paramedics, administrative professionals, and other community members as volunteers at vaccine clinics

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Approximately 239 volunteers are working at mass immunization clinics across the region, who health officials say have put in more than 2,000 hours since the first site opened in Niagara Falls on March 18.

The tourism & hospitality industry is supporting B.C. immunization efforts with staff

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A new partnership will employ more than 1,400 tourism and hospitality workers in mass vaccination clinics — creating hundreds of jobs for B.C.’s hard-hit tourism, hospitality and sport sectors. Municipal venue owners are also helping operate some clinics with contributions of staff, furniture and supplies.

Guelph and Wellington Volunteers is organizing opportunities related to volunteers needed to support vaccination clinics

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The Rotary Club of Haliburton is looking for volunteers to help vaccination clinics operate smoothly and efficiently.

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Beginning Monday, April 12 the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit [HKPRDHU] will run clinics three times per week in Haliburton – on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. These clinics have been scheduled until mid-June and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While the on-site medical staff will be provided and scheduled by public health, there is still a “great need” for community volunteers to assist with tasks such as screening patients, escorting patients to their seats, cleaning and dismissing people after they have been given their vaccination.

The Montréal West Island IUHSSC is recruiting volunteers to help the vaccination team at the Dollard-St-Laurent Sports Centre in LaSalle

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We need your help to make sure that this unprecedented undertaking runs as smoothly as possible!

Niagara Region Public Health thanks the 293 volunteers who have signed up to assist with COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

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The ability to run all of our mass immunization clinics across the region would not be possible without the help of all of our incredible volunteers, between the ages of 18 and 72, who have already put in over 2,000 hours at the clinics.

Since the first Public Health clinic opened in Niagara Falls on Mar. 18, volunteers have been greeting clients, helping them navigate through the clinic space, and going above and beyond to help ensure the clinics are run as smoothly as possible.

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