Plans are in Place and Volunteers Needed to Help Get Mass Vaccines Event Going in Odessa
About 4,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive at Medical Center Hospital each week, and those vaccines need to go in arms as quickly as possible.
According to NewsWest 9, getting that plan together as you can expect is no simple task.
“It’s taking an entire village, community, lots and lots of hands are involved in this," said Amanda Everett, MCH Emergency Management Coordinator. "It's all hands on deck."
Odessa Incident Command Team has leaders from Odessa Police, Odessa Fire and Rescue, Ector County Independent School District, Ector County Sheriff's Office, City of Odessa, and Medical Center Hospital working on a distribution plan.
"We all come together we come up with a plan and we all start pitching in how to help," Everett said.
The incident team has planned for police to help with traffic on Yukon, Grandview, and Ratliff Stadium.
ECISD and Medical Center Hospital Police will be in charge of security at the stadium.
The City of Odessa will be manning the registration website and providing additional help the hospital needs.
Odessa Fire and Rescue paramedics will give the shots while Medical Center nurses will get paperwork in order, keep track of patient's records, and report the vaccinations properly to state officials.
That is why volunteers are needed to help.
“The first two weeks will just be us running through it, but then we will start bringing in other volunteers so that we are not running our people ragged,” said Everett.
If you want to be a volunteer, you do not need a medical background to help out because you will be tasked to help with registration paperwork, observing patients who have gotten shots, answering questions, and directing people where to go.
To sign up as a volunteer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org