provided to The Santiva Chronicle
Thanks to a team of vaccine “angels” from St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church 130 people have been scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to date. Under the direction of Parish Nurse Wendy Warner, RN, a group of volunteers go to work on their computers every night and early in the morning to secure appointments for those who have been struggling to book a vaccine appointment online.
An information form is filled out by each person and then passed along to the team, who communicate among themselves as they search several pharmacies and locations to find appointments. Confirmations are then texted, emailed or printed out for the appointment recipients.
“It’s a great way we can help people,” said one volunteer, “and the people who get the appointments are so appreciative.” Many thank you notes and calls have been received by those who were finally able to get a vaccine appointment with the help of the vaccine “angels.”
The team started by helping older parishioners get their appointments, but have now expanded to include local friends, neighbors and anyone else who is struggling with the technology needed to book an appointment. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine and would like help scheduling an appointment, you can download the form on the church website fill it out, and then drop it off at the church office, Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:30pm or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also call the church office if you have any questions, 239-472-2173. The team does not guarantee they can secure appointments, but they have been very successful so far. Because they are volunteers, they are happy to help those who struggle to use technology to book an appointment online; but they are unable to book appointments for those who are capable of using the internet themselves to secure an appointment.