INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) – An Independence Friday event that saw 600 more COVID-19 vaccinations brought out brought us to the attention of a group of volunteers without whom many of these clinics simply would not be possible.
From people with no medical background to people like retired nurse Betty Boyd, there were 32 volunteers with the Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City Who contributed to the creation of the clinic?
“I worked at Children’s Mercy for 47 years,” said Boyd. “I retired eight years ago.”
Volunteering is important to her. She volunteers at Children’s Mercy Hospital one day a week. She had to stop volunteering at Powell Gardens. When the vaccination effort began, she asked the pharmacies if they would accept volunteer nurses. They were not. Then she found MRCKC.
She joined us about a month ago.
“I wanted to be part of the solution to the problem,” she said. “And I love being with people. It gives me the opportunity to talk to people.”
Their gregariousness was fully evident when patients came to and from their area.
“I didn’t even feel it,” remarked a woman after Boyd removed the needle from her arm.
“Very well,” Boyd replied with a chuckle. “I don’t mean for you to feel it. I’ve worked too long recording children. “
The MRCKC It’s not new It’s been around for years, but the pandemic has strengthened its volunteer base. It has grown from 60 people in March last year to more than 1,500 today.
“It’s just an incredible corps of people deployed across the region, but it’s coordinated here in Independence,” said Eileen Weir, mayor of Independence.
Jan Leone came with her husband on Friday to get vaccinated.
“I was prepared for long lines and total disorganization. I was incredibly impressed with their organization and how efficiently everything is going here, ”she said.
She was so impressed that she asked if they could help fire the shots before they left.
“I’m retired, but a nurse. I wanted to know if I could help, ”said Leone.
She went home with information about the application. And so it grows.
Boyd plans to continue the group even after the pandemic.
“I was glad I found her,” she said.
The The Medical Reserve Corps began nationally after September 11thwith a focus on disaster relief.
Now that the COVID-19 crisis subsides, Boyd stands ready to distribute food and water after floods and storms.
If you are interested in volunteering for the MRCKC, please find information Here.
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