As thousands roll up their sleeves across the Triad for the COVID-19 vaccine, some health departments plan to use EMTs, paramedics, and possibly firefighters to help with administration.
“We are using everybody and anybody that we can to really get boots on the ground to make this happen,” said Don Campbell, Guilford County’s Emergency Management Director.
He explained that the majority of vaccines given Monday and Tuesday will be administered by public health nurses, but said that could change as the need increases.
“We basically have to plan for doubling our capacity in 21-28 days to get the initial shot and the booster shot, so we may see a lot more involvement of our EMTs and paramedics in that second phase as we work to do both initial and booster shots to make sure we have the right resources,” Campbell added.
In Alamance County, a Burlington Firefighter assisted in vaccinations Thursday.