Team effort to stop the spread

Cynthia Adcock, Community Engagement and Special Projects Coordinator, and UT Health San Antonio Police Dept. Officer Michael Funke staff the prep volunteer station outside the vaccine clinic daily.
By Jennifer Meek

In an effort to stop the spread, UT Health San Antonio has given more than 60,000 COVID-19 vaccines to date to employees and patients. Our team of doctors, nurses, administrative staff, students, safety personnel and many volunteers have worked together to staff our vaccine clinic every weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the School of Nursing Hurd Auditorium. Patients also receive vaccines at the Medical Arts and Research Center.

Our vaccine distribution efforts began in December 2020 and quickly turned into a well-oiled machine to administer a steady stream of vaccines as efficiently as possible. Since the end of January, volunteers have been essential in assisting the high volume of elderly patients requesting vaccines, and more than 188 UT Health San Antonio employees have offered their time to help.

“My team of volunteers and I truly enjoy assisting our community, especially our elderly,” said Cynthia Adcock, Community Engagement and Special Projects Coordinator, who coordinates volunteers to help at the vaccine clinics. “The human contact between the elderly and our staff calms the fears of the patients waiting for their vaccine,” added volunteer Derrick Wilson, Materials Management Clerk. “What a beautiful way to serve our community and offer the hope of normalcy.”

If you would like to volunteer, register here: ENGAGED

A volunteer wheelchair brigade including Eddie DeLeon, Jennifer Powell, Afaf Saliba, Jared Aleman assist patients with mobility challenges to get to their vaccine appointments inside the Hurd Auditorium.

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