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Volunteers needed and appreciated

Washington County’s effort to win the battle against COVID-19 through vaccination is built on the backs of volunteers willing to be part of the fight. Vaccines are given by volunteers at the clinics the Washington County Health Department runs in multiple locations, but so is information and the sense of relief that comes from knowing a person is registered and in line for a shot.

“Some people who don’t want to have direct contact are our outside help,” said Carol Greening, a retired nurse and volunteer coordinator for the Washington County Health Department. “Usually, the first question (from a prospective volunteer) is I don’t have my vaccine yet, am I safe?”

There are plenty of ways to help — and that help is very much needed.

“They don’t have to have (physical) contact to be a volunteer,” Greening said. “They are just as important in the whole process.”

If you have the time and skillset to lend a hand, please consider calling the health department to find out where and how they can use your help. Fewer than 11 percent of Washington County residents have received all the CDC recommended doses of the vaccine. That means the road ahead is still a long one. But with more volunteers, many hands might make lighter work.

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