LEXINGTON, Ky, (Feb. 8, 2021) – Community members who are credentialed to provide vaccinations are now eligible and encouraged to volunteer in clinical positions at the UK COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Kroger Field.
In addition, University of Kentucky employees without credentials can sign up for non-clinical roles such as registration check-in and wayfinding which are critical to the daily vaccine clinic operations.
Those interested in volunteering in either clinical or non-clinical positions can SIGN UP HERE.
The UK Kroger Field COVID-19 vaccination clinic, the largest in Kentucky is vaccinating more than 2,000 people per day. The clinic operates from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Overall, UK HealthCare has vaccinated more than 40,000 people including frontline health care workers, first responders, teachers and school personnel and people over age 70.
To date, more than 1,000 volunteers from UK, including employees from UK HealthCare, athletics, emergency operations, health corps and public relations and marketing, as well as hundreds of volunteer students, faculty and staff from our health care colleges, have joined forces to help our community meet this challenge.
UK employees who wish to volunteer for this important UK initiative should have pre-approval of their supervisor to sign up for times during their normal working hours and to be paid their regular wage if supporting the clinic. Employees who sign up to volunteer outside of their normal working hours will not be paid.
For more information on how to register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:
A signup tool has been developed where you will answer screening questions and then be invited to consent to be vaccinated, according to the state’s prioritized guidelines. The signup is available here.
UK HealthCare is following Kentucky’s phased plan. Kentucky and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have directed that vaccinations be offered in the following phases:
- 1A: Long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, healthcare personnel.
- 1B: First responders, anyone age 70 or older, K-12 school personnel.
- 1C: Anyone age 60 or older, anyone age 16 or older with CDC highest risk C19 conditions, all essential workers.
- 2: Anyone age 40 or older.
- 3: Anyone age 16 or older.
- 4: Children under the age of 16 if the vaccine is approved for this age group.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.