Last week, I was one of the many volunteers that helped staff the COVID vaccine clinic at the Coronado Community Center. I learned about the opportunity to volunteer because I am a member of the Optimist Club. Likewise, the Rotary Club is well-represented with dozens of volunteers at the clinic.

Volunteering inside the clinic was a very moving experience. First of all, all of the doctors, nurses, and nursing students are volunteering their time to work in the clinic. On the afternoon I volunteered, Dr. David Hansen was giving the vaccine and he told me that he worked all morning, then came over to the clinic for the whole afternoon to help.

The County opened the clinic and it is administered by Sharp Coronado Hospital; a handful of great Sharp employees were working at the clinic. I received an email from the volunteer coordinator the other day which said that they now have 300 volunteers! Way to go Coronado!

It was a touching scene, watching grown children escort their senior citizen parents through the clinic. Although the seniors couldn’t see our smiles, I hope that they saw our eyes and could see how proud that we were there to help.

Coronado should be proud that we have a vaccination clinic in our city and we should all be proud of the many doctors, nurses, and nursing students and the 300 volunteers who have answered the call to help our residents get vaccinated.

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