TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - – On Monday, Jan 4, the Arizona National Guard began conducting refresher training to the first wave of residents who have volunteered to support vaccination sites in Arizona.
Once trained, these volunteers will work side-by-side the medical community and more than 700 Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen supporting Arizona’s innoculation services.
These citizens are retired medical professionals and current medical students who will assist in vaccinating approximately 3.5 million Arizonans as soon as possible.
“This is a monumental call to service that requires a whole-of-community approach to accomplish,” said Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. “I couldn’t be prouder and I thank them for their service to Arizona.”
This is a coordinated effort between the Governor’s office, the Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs with the Arizona Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals.
“We received these volunteers through cooperation with Arizona’s Department of Health Services,” said Col. Tom Leeper, Commander of the Guard’s Medical Task Force. “The ESARHP provides an expedited method to rapidly review their skills and get them out to vaccination sites with the greatest need.”