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Encore Intergenerational Vaccine Corps

Mobilizing retired medical professionals—and volunteers of all ages working alongside them—to help vaccinate Northern California residents who need it most.

Encore.org has partnered with Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHCs) and Americorps Seniors to help deliver Covid-19 vaccines to at-risk groups in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, San Francisco, Solano and Santa Clara Counties.

We work closely with an intentionally intergenerational team of volunteers and health center staff to boost on-site capacity of our FQHC partners.

“The Intergenerational Vaccine Corps meets the urgency of the moment, helping to vaccinate more Americans, bridge generational divides, and rebuild the nation’s social fabric. It could improve all kinds of health outcomes and produce a windfall of talent and understanding at the same time.”

— Marc Freedman, CEO and founder, Encore.org

Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Encore Intergenerational Vaccine Corps. Please fill out this volunteer enrollment form. Once we receive your application, you can expect to hear from us within two weeks to schedule an interview and take the next step toward matching you with a health center site.

Retired medical professional volunteers administer vaccines and manage all medical care. Non-medical volunteers assist with site set-up, help manage patient flow and support patients who have questions or seek translations services. They also help our FQHC partners reach out to their patients by going into neighborhoods, providing education to boost vaccine confidence and administering the vaccine in close-to-home settings.

We offer additional opportunities to forge intergenerational connections and bridge differences through monthly virtual Vaccine Corps meet-ups.

Encore.org especially welcomes volunteers who speak the language and look like the communities they will serve.

We are currently only accepting volunteers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Become a FQHC partner site

We welcome working with additional FQHC partners in Northern California. We can recruit volunteers to help you with both vaccine administration and community outreach. Please review this MOU which outlines respective roles and responsibilities. Then send an email to Dr. Gerry Bourne, Vaccine Corps Medical Director ([email protected]) to inform him of your interest. He’ll get back to you promptly.

Start a Vaccine Corps Program in Your Community

Most experts agree that reaching herd immunity will require vaccinating 70% to 90% of the population. This means reaching both the vaccine hesitant and the vaccine indifferent, which has to happen at the local level.

Encore.org encourages and is eager to help organizations across the country to replicate our efforts. We have developed a toolkit that provides a variety of resources, including grant templates, recruitment materials, volunteer tracking protocols and evaluation tools, to make replication easy. While we will not manage additional demonstrations, we welcome serving as collaborators.

We’re excited to help get new programs up and running quickly. For more information and to access the toolkit, get in touch with Megan at [email protected].

An AmeriCorps-Seniors RSVP Demonstration grant is supporting Encore.org’s efforts to recruit, place and support 250 older volunteers. Funding from the David & Lucile Packard Foundation covers the cost of engaging an additional 75 younger volunteers.

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