West MI Vaccine Clinic Volunteers Needed
The West Michigan Vaccination Clinic and its partner organizations want to thank the thousands of people who have responded to our call for volunteers. The generosity of our West Michigan community is incredible.
Because of the significant response, we are pausing volunteer signups for now. We will work through the current batch of volunteers and, based on vaccine supplies and clinic needs, may reopen volunteer opportunities in the future.
People interested in volunteering and who have not yet signed up are welcome to check back at the website for possible future signup opportunities.
Kent County, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health, in collaboration with Vaccinate West Michigan, have partnered to open the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids. This large-scale COVID-19 vaccination clinic will allow large numbers of people to be vaccinated as more vaccine becomes available.
The clinic will offer vaccines by appointment, only. Operations will scale up over time based on vaccine availability.
We need your help.
The size and scale of this operation mean volunteers are critical to the success of the clinic. By volunteering, you can help ensure that the vaccination process is well staffed, efficient and is a positive experience for everyone involved.
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities
Volunteers may be asked to perform various tasks including:
- Greeting/welcoming clinic attendees
- Providing directional guidance
- Answering questions
- Escorting those who may need help
- Sanitizing/organizing supplies
- Conducting temperature checks
- Observing those who have been vaccinated
- And more
Volunteer registration is managed through Kent County Emergency Management. Registration is currently closed.
Review the FAQs for more information including attire, parking, orientation/training and where to go when you arrive on-site to volunteer.
Again, all CDC guidelines will be followed. Temperature checks will be conducted on all visitors, everyone will wear a mask and social distancing guidelines will be in place. Volunteers will have the option to wear a medical grade mask during their shift.
Hope is on the horizon. Your volunteer commitment to this historic community-wide effort will prove to be an invaluable service as we work together to end this pandemic.
Who is eligible to volunteer?
Anyone, age 18 and up, is able to volunteer as long as they register through Kent County Emergency Management and pass the background check.
What type of volunteer roles are available?
Volunteers may assist with greeting clinic attendees, providing directional assistance, escorting attendees who need help, sanitizing and organizing supplies, performing temperature checks and more. Volunteers need not have prior healthcare experience. Physical demands may include: Frequent standing, walking, reaching, pushing, sitting, forward bending, trunk rotation, light to moderate lifting and carrying. Accommodations will be made as needed.
How do I sign up for a volunteer shift?
Once approved as a volunteer in the registration system, you’ll be given the schedule link to sign up for shifts that work best for you.
Are volunteers paid or reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses including travel or parking?
No, however, parking will be validated. Non-paid volunteers are critical to the success of the clinic.
Where do volunteers park?
Volunteers will be able to park in the Government Ramp across the street from DeVos Place (east side of Monroe). Please allow the time needed to park, enter DeVos Place and find the volunteer check-in space. You must park in the Government Ramp (designated for volunteers) to receive parking validation.
Will I be trained on my volunteer role?
Yes. All volunteers will receive safety, security and personal protective equipment information prior to arrival. At check-in, volunteers will receive more information about roles, responsibilities and other key information for the day.
What will volunteers need to wear?
Plan to wear casual/business casual. Jeans are acceptable. Comfortable shoes are recommended. DeVos Place can be cold, and dressing in layers is encouraged. Leave any valuables or large purses/bags at home.
Will volunteers need to wear a mask?
Yes. Masks are required. Homemade masks are acceptable. Gaiters and masks with valves are not acceptable. You’ll have the option to change to a medical grade mask to wear during your shift. All CDC safety guidelines regarding mask wearing and social distancing will be followed.
Do volunteers need to screen for COVID-19 symptoms before their shift?
Yes. All volunteers will be asked to complete the CDC Facilities COVID-19 screening within four hours before their shift. Proof of completion will be verified upon arrival.
How do I cancel my shift if I need to?
If you are not able to attend your shift, just log back into the schedule link and remove yourself from the schedule as soon as possible.