Nearly 1,000 volunteers were key to vaccinating thousands at Northern Light’s mass clinics

Nearly 1,000 volunteers were a key part of the effort last year to set up and staff COVID-19 vaccination clinics across the 10-hospital Northern Light Health network.

The health care system this week said 925 volunteers helped at the vaccination clinics that formed a cornerstone of the state’s early vaccination strategy last spring when demand for the shots was at its highest. Northern Light released the figure in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, which is this week.

Those 925 volunteers donated 22,414 hours to help Northern Light’s COVID-19 response and vaccination effort. Of those volunteers, 800 were community members and 125 were salaried employees who volunteered additional time, Northern Light spokesperson Derek Hurder said. 

At the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Northern Light’s largest clinic, those hundreds of volunteers helped turn the arena into a well-oiled machine, said Stacey Coventry, director of Northern Light’s volunteer and community development services.

The hospital system in late January 2021 transformed the arena into an easy-to-navigate vaccination clinic in three days, and it became the first mass vaccination clinic to open in the state.

Kathleen O’Brien is a reporter covering the Bangor area. Born and raised in Portland, she joined the Bangor Daily News in 2022 after working as a Bath-area reporter at The Times Record. She graduated from…
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