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Vaccine equity project seeks volunteers for Everett and Malden

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  The Vaccine Equity and Access Program (VEAP) of Social Capital Inc. (SCI) is seeking members of the Everett and Malden communities to serve as VEAP Leaders to help promote local vaccination clinics this winter.

  VEAP is a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)–funded project designed to increase public confidence in the COVID-19 and flu vaccines. SCI’s VEAP focuses on training trusted community members to encourage people in their network to get vaccinated. Through this project, SCI is working with community leaders to reach people who are at the highest risk of COVID-19.

  SCI recently expanded its VEAP initiative to serve Everett and Malden, as both communities have been identified by the Department of Public Health as having need for more vaccine equity outreach work. In particular, SCI is seeking to recruit people interested in a VEAP leadership role to encourage participation in the series of upcoming vaccine clinics that have been scheduled.

  Training and a stipend are available for VEAP leaders. Those tapped for this role will be asked to educate family, friends and neighbors about the vaccines and promote vaccination opportunities at local clinics. Other outreach activities conducted by the leaders will include flier distribution, attending community events with proper COVID-19 precautions, and sharing information about the clinics through social media. SCI is particularly interested in recruiting VEAP leaders who can speak one or more of the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole.

  Please share this opportunity with others who might be a good fit! Given the current COVID-19 surge, anyone interested in the VEAP program is encouraged to contact VEAP Coordinator Charlie Kwitchoff (ckwitchoff@socialcapitalinc.org) as soon as possible.

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