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Vaccine site volunteers give their best, but more volunteers are needed

9Health supports about 10 clinics a week up and down the Front Range, and they need assistance from non-medical volunteers nearly every day of the week.

DENVER — Chances are, the first person to greet you at several vaccine sites across Colorado is a volunteer. One of those volunteers is Leticia Martinez, who gives her time at a 9Health Fair vaccine site in Globeville. 

"I just feel like we have to give back, wherever we can, we have to give back," said Martinez, who lives 22 miles away from the site but doesn't mind making the drive to help areas hard hit by the pandemic. 

The vaccine clinic is near several meatpacking plants, and workers walked to the site several times a day to get their shots. 

"Those are the people that are our frontline workers," Martinez said, "that’s why I’m here, for them."

During each shift, Martinez welcomes people to the site, makes sure they're signed in and directs them inside the clinic. As they leave, she also gets to share the emotions that come with getting a vaccine. 

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"There’s almost a sense of relief on their face, that they’ve received the second vaccine and I always give them a clap and they’re always like thumbs up and they’ll be like 'thank you for being out here,'" she said. 

This clinic has administered hundreds of doses of the vaccine in recent weeks. It was put on by the 9Health Fair. Gary Drews, the organization's president and CEO, said approximately 15,000 vaccines have been administered by their community clinics so far, and 75 more of these events are scheduled throughout May. 

Drews said 9Health supports about 10 clinics a week up and down the Front Range and they need assistance from non-medical volunteers nearly every day of the week.

You can sign up to volunteer at future vaccine clinics here

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