Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
Your generous response to volunteer at the COVID-19 community vaccine clinic inside our Rasmussen Center has been both wonderfully inspiring and an essential public health service to thousands in our community during this pandemic.
You are making a difference in so many lives, and I am indeed grateful for your efforts.
Keep up the great work,
Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD
Creighton University President
Who can volunteer?
- Only current Creighton students, faculty and staff may volunteer.
How do you volunteer?
- Students, faculty and staff are asked to please complete this form to indicate your interest in volunteering at the clinic. It only needs to be completed once. A Creighton representative will contact you when a volunteer opportunity is available.
What types of volunteers are needed?
- Both clinical and nonclinical volunteers are needed. Only qualified health sciences faculty and students can serve as clinical volunteers. Any student, faculty or staff member can serve as a nonclinical volunteer.
What do the volunteers do?
- Clinical volunteers administer and prepare the vaccines, work the registration and consent desk (answering questions about the vaccine, allergies and side effects), and monitor patients in the recovery/observation area (answering questions and arranging appointments for second doses).
- Nonclinical volunteers welcome guests to the Rasmussen Center, assist guests in wheelchairs, clean pens and other materials, assist with setup and tear-down, and perform other duties.
Is there training for the volunteers?
- Yes, clinical volunteers are provided pre-event training videos and are assisted onsite by faculty mentors. Nonclinical volunteers are provided orientation videos and instruction onsite, with professional staff available to answer questions.
Where do volunteers check-in?
- Clinical volunteers are provided check-in information prior to the event, but have been checking in inside the front entrance to the Rasmussen Center. Nonclinical volunteers also are emailed check-in information prior to the event, but generally have been checking in at the entrance to the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena.
How many volunteers are needed each Saturday?
- Douglas County is responsible each week for determining how much vaccine will be allocated to our site and, thus, how many patients we can see per clinic offering.
- These decisions are not made until Thursday, as the county determines how its other three citywide clinic sites have fared through the week. Needs for volunteers are dependent upon vaccine allocation and the anticipated number of patients.
Do volunteers work in shifts, and can I choose my shift?
- Yes, volunteers work in shifts; the exact number of shifts during a given Saturday is dependent on the hours of the clinic, which is determined by the number of vaccines the clinic receives. Volunteer leaders try to work with volunteers on matching them with a shift that fits their schedule. Nonclinical volunteers are asked to serve where they are needed and assigned. Flexibility and adaptability are appreciated, as assignments may be adapted throughout a shift.
Where do volunteers park?
- Volunteer parking is available in the surface lot on the northwest corner of Cass Street and Florence Boulevard. See volunteer parking map.
View more compelling stories from our volunteers
- Jack Roberts – “To be part of a monumental effort to get the Omaha community vaccinated, it feels pretty special.”
- Josie Partridge – “It’s so much fun to be here, and to be a part of history.”
- Andrew Nguyen – “I know people have been really struggling. I want to get everyone back to normal again.”
- Greta Purcell – “It’s cool to see the direct benefits of the vaccine, and the hope that this brings to a lot of people.”
- Jimena de los Santos Reyes – “With the clinic, I get to see, in person, … the teamwork that it takes to vaccinate a community.”
- Erin Goaley – “I just love helping here because I feel like I’m truly living out what Creighton has taught me over these four years.”
- Julie Srail – “Seeing public health in action at the clinic has been really special.”
- Marj Alhumayed – “I think this is a great opportunity to help people and to take a step to fight this pandemic.”
- Melanie Morrison – “I want to serve the community and, as a nursing major, I wanted to see firsthand the clinic aspect of the profession. Plus, it’s a part of history.”
- Willie Miller – “I just want to help people; I want to encourage people, especially with having had the experiences that I’ve had in life.”
- Kenneth Bennett – “The patients are very nice, very friendly,” he said. “Of course, they are really excited about the vaccination.”