Dallas County COVID-19 vaccine: How to volunteer

The voluntary shifts are available weeks in advance and last between 3 and 5.5 hours per shift.

DALLAS – Editor’s Note: The video above is dated February 8th.

Dallas County needs the help of thousands of volunteers to keep the COVID Vaccine Mega Center at Fair Park running smoothly for the next several months.

By 11 a.m. in May, more than 40,000 volunteer spots were open until May on voly.org, the website on which the district registers volunteers.

Volunteers don’t fire the shots directly (this is a duty reserved for medically trained volunteers who can sign up here) but they do help direct traffic, deal with paperwork, and otherwise help people out in the System to navigate so that everything runs smoothly.

The shifts are open almost every day at the same time:

  • Morning: 7.15am to 12.45pm
  • Afternoon: 12.15pm to 5.45pm
  • Changeover: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers must be over the age of 18, be on their feet most of the day, and likely work outside. Therefore, they should dress appropriately, say the organizers. Everyone must always wear a mask.

In order to register as a volunteer, interested parties must first create an account on voly.org. The website shows volunteers the status and schedule of their shifts once they are signed up.

Those who volunteer for more than 15 hours can get a vaccine themselves, according to the county’s credentials. The shots are made available to the volunteers at the end of the day and are not guaranteed as it depends on how many doses are left.

Volunteers who receive the shot receive a vaccination card themselves and can get their second shot either by appointment or through renewed volunteering. Even if volunteers are given both doses, the organizers encourage them to continue serving the community as they will be needed for the months to come.

Click here to sign up or for more information about volunteering in the county.

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