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Volunteers vital to local vaccination efforts

From screening patients at vaccination clinic check-ins and monitoring them in the post-vaccination waiting area to actually administering vaccine doses, volunteers are playing critical roles at COVID-19 vaccine clinics hosted by the Oak Park Department of Public Health.

The Health Department typically schedules scores of appointments per hour when it hosts drive-through vaccine clinics.

This pace wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of the volunteers who lend their time and talent to supplement the many municipal employees who set up and manage the events.

About 100 volunteers have taken part in these Health Department vaccine clinics, which are held about once per week since early January, the frequency driven by the vaccine supply from the state.

Volunteers also have filled critical roles in walk-in clinics for mass vaccinations of educators where as many as 600 vaccine doses have been administered in a matter of a few hours.

These volunteers come from all walks of Oak Park life but got involved by answering the call to sign up for the Village’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Volunteer medical doctors and nurses handle the sensitive job of administering vaccine doses.

But a medical background is not required to assist with the highly orchestrated check-in and check-out processes that are critical to the smooth operation of each vaccine clinic.

The need for clinic volunteers has never been greater or the roles they play more important. That’s why the Village currently is seeking to increase the cadre of volunteers for its Medical Reserve Corps and Community Emergency Response Team.

In addition to assisting with ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, volunteers may be called on to assist with logistical planning, records keeping, health awareness campaigns, staffing first-aid stations, providing emergency care and distributing medication during future emergency situations.

For an online volunteer application and more information about the Village’s Medical Reserve Corps and Community Emergency Response Team, visit