In commitment to community health, The University of New Mexico is permitting employees to use compensated work hours to staff a COVID vaccine clinic at The Pit.

The newly created UNM Health COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at The Pit is enabling UNM Hospital officials to administer vaccinations with guidance and support from the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH). Vaccines will be administered under the phases outlined by the DOH.

To maintain an orderly, efficient and coordinated implementation, UNM is seeking medical and non-medical volunteers to help staff the site. 

“We all have been impacted by COVID,” said Kate Becker, CEO of University of New Mexico Hospitals. “Being able to administer vaccines to the most vulnerable members of the public has truly been inspiring and we appreciate every volunteer who serves to make this happen.”

UNM Health officials estimate they will be able to vaccinate 3,000 people a day at The Pit. Consistent with Department of Health guidance, clinic volunteers will be eligible to receive a vaccine. However, volunteering for the clinic does not guarantee that you will receive a vaccine, and all employees are encouraged to register via the state’s vaccination registration site.

From UNM Human Resources:

1.    Consistent with UNM’s Temporary Policy for Disaster Relief and Emergency Volunteer Activities, employees who volunteer during their regularly scheduled work hours will continue to be compensated by their home department at their regular pay rate. 

2.    To ensure predictable staffing levels and adequate coverage, volunteering employees should commit to volunteering for a minimum of 20 hours over the course of the next several months. Depending on the employee’s work schedule, the 20 hours may be comprised of a combination of work and personal time.

Read the full HR Memo here.

Early in the pandemic, UNM leadership adopted a Temporary Policy for Disaster Relief and Emergency Volunteer Activities to encourage participation in volunteer efforts across campus. Pursuant to this policy, employees volunteering at the vaccine clinic during normal work hours will continue to be compensated by their home department at their regular pay rate.

Position descriptions:

Greeter

  • Will be greeting and directing patients as they arrive.

Post Injection Observers

  • These spots are for RN, EMT, MA, Advanced Practice Providers, and MD’s (NOT for non-clinical staff or student volunteers).
  • Will be observing patients after they receive the vaccine.

Runners

  • Will help with supply drop-offs and stocking.
  • Must be able to lift 25-50 lbs., walk long distances and work indoors and outdoors.

Scribes

  • Will help assist in checking in patients, documenting vaccine electronically and on a paper card.  
  • Must have basic computer and/or iPad skills.

Traffic Control

  • Will help security direct drivers into the parking lot.

Vaccinators

  • These spots are for RN, EMT, MA, Advanced Practice Providers, and MDs (NOT for non-clinical staff or student volunteers).

Vaccine Preparers

  • These spots are for RN and Pharmacy Techs only (NOT for non-clinical staff or student volunteers).
  • Will help draw up and label vaccinations.