The UArizona Vaccine Point of Distribution (POD) site needs a small army of volunteers to support vaccine distribution over the next several weeks. We encourage all students, staff, and faculty and community members to sign up and support the Arizona vaccination effort so that we can all return to school and work in the months ahead.
The University of Arizona’s Point of Distribution (POD) for the COVID-19 vaccine has become a State of Arizona POD. The UArizona POD prioritizes educators and childcare workers. So far, the volunteer program has been a big success guided by Dr. Kristen Pogreba-Brown and her team from the Zuckerman College of Public Health.
All UArizona students, staff, and faculty can volunteer.
Community Members are also encouraged to volunteer! They simply need to fill out the form to become a UArizona Designated Campus Colleague (DCC). The DCC form is part of the Volunteer Registration process on the REDCap platform, go to the link below. We welcome all Community Members who are able to volunteer and support the UArizona vaccination POD so together we can stop COVID!
If you are interested, please fill out this Volunteer Registration form and you will receive instructions soon about how to sign up for shifts. The University of Arizona is recruiting both medical and non-medical volunteers to help staff drive-thru and walk-up vaccination sites at the University of Arizona main campus in Tucson. Our goal as a state POD is to operate 24/7 and vaccinate up to 6000 people per day.
All volunteers will need to take the quick and easy (5 minutes) HIPPA Training Certification before they can complete registration. Community Members: you will not be able to do the HIPPA Training Certification until you complete the DCC application process. The Volunteer Registration process on the REDCap platform will prompt all applicants to do the quick and easy HIPPA Certification using the EDGE platform accessed using your NetID.
Students, staff, faculty, and DCCs can do the HIPPA Training Certification before you Register here: https://rgw.arizona.edu/compliance/hipaa-privacy-program/hipaa-training-certification
Recruitment and scheduling for all volunteers will continue throughout the semester. You will receive an email and then be able to log on using a provided link and sign up for shifts.
Many people will be needed to accomplish the feat of vaccinating everyone eligible in Pima County. Whatever your background, training or interests, we have an important role for you! Go to: https://redcap.link/volunteer.
Here are answers to some common questions.
- Will I get vaccinated if I volunteer? Volunteers will likely have a chance to be vaccinated, but there are not guarantees. We keep a running list each day and do our best to use whatever doses are left over to get as many volunteers as possible vaccinated.
- If I am not vaccinated, what are the risks? All volunteers and staff are expected to keep their distance as much as possible, wear surgical masks provided on site and not show up if you are feeling even a little bit sick. It is not no risk, but attention to infection control is key and everyone’s responsibility.
- I’m not a clinician, what can I do to help? LOTS of things! We actually need far more non-medical volunteers than medical to make the POD function effectively. Jobs vary from greeter, screener, ‘runner’, observation, volunteer coordinator, etc. You don’t have to know what any of that means, we will train you when you show up. Some jobs require standing/walking, others can sit more, just let us know if you need any accommodations, we can make it work!
- I am a licensed clinician, can I help vaccinate? Yes! There are additional forms you need to fill out, but once we have all your credentials on file, we can include you in the Medical team.
- I am a student who is trained to give shots, can I do so at the POD? Not at this time, but we still need help in all different parts of the POD including observing people for reactions afterwards.
- I am a faculty or staff member, can I do this on my work hours? Ask your boss.
- What are the expected hours of operation? Next week will are asking for one 8hr shift (exact times will be emailed, likely 8-5 or 9-6). We will be moving to two 6hr shifts per day starting in February. You will be able to use our online scheduling software to sign up for days and times that work for you.
- What are the expected days of operation? The POD will be running Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday until we hear otherwise.
- Can I direct my friends or family to the POD if they are in the 1B group? Please don’t. We can only take people who have an appointment through the state system. Determining the number of doses to thaw out each day is a critical decision and there is still a limited number of doses coming to the state.
- I heard UA people can get vaccinated at the walk-up site, is that true? Yes, but the decision on who is put on that list every day is made by an ethics committee who is off-site and people working at the POD are not able to influence those decisions. Those people are contacted by their supervisors each day as limited slots open up.
A message from Kristen Pogrba-Brown, PhD, MPH, Zuckerman College of Public Health:
As someone who has worked at several PODs over the years and this one over the last week, I can say it feels great to be doing something productive and useful to improve public health and move us all a little bit closer to ‘normal’ again.
We need help! I am confident we can get an army of public health volunteers from our Colleges in Health Sciences and across campus. This is public health at its core, it’s what we do, even if this isn’t anything you’ve actually ever done!
See you all at the POD soon!