Public Health Needs You! Especially Now!
The Northeast District Department of Health is always in need of medical and non-medical volunteers to assist with public health response and emergencies...such as the COVID-19 pandemic. We are building our ranks to be ready for activation if and when needed. Emergency situations can be very fluid, so your patience and flexibility are most appreciated. Bring us your skills and we will provide training and guidance for the roles in which you are needed. For more information about the Northeast Connecticut Medical Reserve Corps, contact NDDH at 860-774-7350.
Be Part of This Historic COVID-19 Response Effort - Volunteer!
To date, NDDH has vaccinated thousands of people! We thank the NDDH staff, COVAX Team, Quinebaug Valley Senior Citizens Center, Bousquet's Appliances, community partners, and our remarkable, resilient Medical Reserve Corps volunteers for their invaluable contributions in these unprecedented times.
Join the Northeast District MRC in order to volunteer at our NDDH COVID-19 vaccination clinics and other associated efforts. Here’s how:
- The State of CT now coordinates the enrollment of volunteers through an online registration process with CT Responds at https://ctresponds.ct.gov/.
- Set up an account and answer a number of questions. It’s not complicated, but lengthy, so be prepared for questions about identity; deployment preferences; contact info; current and former occupations; trainings; skills and certifications; medical history; permission for a background check; and settings to list your account as active or inactive. We ask that you complete AT LEAST 95% of your profile to be considered for an active volunteer role. A tracking bar will measure the completeness of your application and prompt you to complete additional sections.
- Your completed application will be forwarded to our NE CT MRC Unit Coordinator. You will receive a message with a link to take a brief orientation and quiz.
- Upon completion, NDDH will contact you to schedule a time to swear you in with the Loyalty Oath. This can take place via teleconference or may be done when you report for duty at a volunteer site.
For those interested in serving as COVID-19 Vaccinators:
The CT Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner's Order dated December 7, 2020, provides for certain licensed healthcare providers to be among a group that is eligible for training and temporary authorization to administer COVID-19 vaccines as part of Connecticut’s mass vaccination efforts during the pandemic. Participation as a COVID-19 vaccinator in volunteer or paid opportunities in this initiative will require successful completion of a DPH-approved training.
More information can be found at: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Practitioner-Licensing--Investigations/PLIS/Approved-COVID-19-Vaccination-Training-Programs.
We all remember the days when volunteering meant that you just showed up and filled a necessary role. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. Volunteerism must be well-coordinated and managed in order to afford liability protection to volunteers and provide a safe environment for all…while achieving our common goals.
We hope this information sets you upon the path to contribute your time and talent to our efforts.
Medical Reserve Corps Links