RWJBarnabas Health Seeking Volunteers for the Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site

Volunteer as a Vaccine Center Navigator!

West Orange, New Jersey, April 15, 2021---The Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site in Edison, operated by RWJBarnabas Health – the largest academic health care system in New Jersey – is looking for volunteers to assist in the efficiency of the registration and vaccination process and help visitors feel as comfortable as possible.

Volunteers at the Mega-site, located at the NJ Convention & Expo Center in Edison, greet patients and visitors; perform temperature screenings; direct patients through various steps of the vaccination process; provide education materials; and assist with maintaining the registration area and supplying vaccination stations. Volunteers do not administer vaccines.

“The work we’re doing at our Middlesex County Vaccine Mega-site is saving lives and bringing families back together,” said Bonnie Geissler, MHA, RN, Director of the Mega-site and Vice President of Special Projects at RWJBarnabas Health. “Every vaccine we administer is getting us one step closer to slowing the spread of COVID-19, but we can’t do this work without a dedicated team of volunteers. Those who join our team of service have the opportunity to be a part of history as we fight back and work to vaccinate our fellow New Jerseyans, protect our loved ones and communities, and hopefully, end this pandemic.”

Those who apply to volunteer must be a minimum of 18 years old and will be subject to a background check and a drug screen, and will need to sign a confidentiality statement. For consistency and scheduling purposes, volunteers must commit to at least two shifts per week, from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm or 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm, or one full day, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm with an hour break for lunch, per week through June. Shifts are available seven days a week.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Mega-site, please send your name, phone number, email address, desired start date and your availability to Megasite_Volunteer@rwjbh.org.

College students requiring community service hours are also eligible to volunteer. RWJBarnabas Health will track hours and provide written verification for those who need it.

“Our volunteers are changing lives,” said Ryan Stevens, Staffing Director, Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site and Manager, Athletic Training, RWJ Somerset and Hamilton. “As we are excited to welcome additional volunteers to ensure we are vaccinating as many people as possible by having a seamless process, we implemented simple application and onboarding procedures so individuals can join our team as quickly as possible. In about a week, you can be a part of helping us end this pandemic.”

RWJBarnabas Health was selected by the State of New Jersey to lead the Middlesex County Regional COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-site, one of the state’s six vaccine mega-sites. Additionally, the system’s 11 hospitals operate vaccine clinics and support select sites in various counties.

ABOUT RWJBARNABAS HEALTH
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, multi-site imaging centers, an accountable care organization, and the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Health, which includes nearly 3,000 employed physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.

RWJBH is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 35,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBH, in partnership with Rutgers University, is creating New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBH with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.