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Kirsten Turner, VP for Student Success, sent the following message to all UK students on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. 

Dear Students,  

Over the past two months, our university has played a crucial role in the health and safety of our fellow Kentuckians. Through our COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, we’ve been able to vaccinate thousands of people each day.  

And now, you can be a part of it.  

Cats Give Back is a volunteer experience for University of Kentucky students who hope to be involved in this pivotal moment in this institution's history. 

The UK COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic is currently looking for UK students who are motivated to give back to the community and assist in a variety of non-medical roles. The vaccine clinic is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., during which time volunteers can work shifts in the following roles: dose runner, registration, transporter and wayfinder.  

Currently, 4-hour and 6-hour shifts are available. We soon will begin offering 3-hour shifts for UK students as well and will communicate more about that soon. 

Some roles available for volunteers: 

  • Dose Runner: Transport (walk) drawn doses from the dosing station to the immunization stations.
  • Registration: Confirm appointments in the registration software. These volunteers should be comfortable with computers and have basic computing skills. Access will be granted to the registration system to those who have a UK Linkblue ID. These positions are located inside but may still be cold due to close proximity to doors.
  • Transporter: Transport patients in wheelchairs between stations and then to their vehicle afterward.
  • Wayfinder: Help direct patients throughout the clinic. Some of these positions involve walking both inside and outside.

If you are interested, here are the steps to sign up:  

Step 1: Fill out this form. 

Step 2: Select a date and time for your shift here.  Make sure you scroll to the bottom to view the non-clinical roles. All dates currently available are listed at the top of the page.

Step 3: Check your email. You will receive a confirmation from “UKHC Immunizations.” 

Step 4: Report for your shift through the doors between gate 10 and gate 11. Identify yourself as a volunteer so that we can orient you upon arrival. Please bring your UK ID badge and wear a face covering.  

Volunteer slots are being added regularly, so please check back at the same link provided above for slots that fit your schedule. You can sign up for multiple shifts.  

This is another example of our institution meeting this moment. We’re excited for our students to be a part of it.

If you have any questions, please contact us at vaccine@uky.edu.

Kirsten Turner
Vice President for Student Success