Frequently asked questions

We imagine you have questions about the VCU Vaccine Corps. Explore the list of commonly asked questions received to date. We'll continue to add information to this page as details become available. 

Q: What is the time commitment for training?

A: Typically, training requires anywhere from one to four hours, depending on the role you qualify for and your previous experience. 

Q: What is the time commitment for actual events?

A: The amount of time will vary depending on the needs of a particular event and venue. In general, you can expect to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled shift start. Details will be provided by the event volunteer contact. We strongly suggest accounting for additional time for travel and parking.

Q: If I registered to be a VCU Vaccine Corps volunteer prior to Feb. 1, do I need to complete the Volunteer Interests Survey?

A: No. If you already registered with VCU Vaccine Corps, then you do not need to complete the Volunteer Interests Survey.  We strongly recommend that you complete required training (e.g.: HIPAA, PrepMod, etc.). This will place you on the qualified volunteer list to receive messages with calls for volunteers.

Q: Q I want to administer vaccines. Am I eligible to be trained to do so?

A: All vaccinator roles are limited to:

  • students in good standing currently in a professional program that administers medications: medicine (MD), nursing (BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, DNP, etc.), pharmacy (PharmD), dentistry (DDS, DH), nuclear medicine, nurse anesthesia AND have completed the Vaccine Administration Training and IM Injection Training; or

  • licensed practitioners or clinical faculty (MD, DO, RN, NP, CNA, DDS, DH, PharmD, etc.) currently working at VCU Health who are not vaccine naïve AND have completed the Vaccine Refresher Training; or

  • current non-clinical VCU students, staff, or faculty who are also currently registered EMS providers in Virginia WITH the Vaccine Administration Training and IM Injection Training. Not all events accept EMS providers as vaccinators. Check individual events for details.

    The Vaccine Corps will cross-check all of those who sign up for completion of required training, profession or program affiliation, attestations/acknowledgements, and if applicable, academic status. In addition The Vaccine Corps will confirm IM injection competency for all vaccinators. Safety is critical to our volunteers, our patients, and the communities we serve. Pharmacy techs, medical assistants, care partners, and students from any pre-health, pre-clinical, kinesiology, or HPEX of any concentration are not eligible for the vaccinator role with VCU Vaccine Corps. Any falsification, omission, or concealment of material fact when signing up for any volunteer role may subject you to administrative, civil, or criminal liability.

     

Q: If I am a member of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) do I need to complete the Volunteer Interest Survey and training(s)?

A: Yes. Please complete the Volunteer Interest Survey and required training(s).

Q: Is there a limit to the number of events I can register for?

A: Please only commit to events that you anticipate being able to participate in. You know your schedule best. 

Q: Where can I find the listing of events? And how do I sign up?

A: Currently, all registered and trained volunteers will receive an email from vaccinecorps@vcu.edu with events and links to each event's SignUpGenius. Once you access the SignUpGenius, you may select the role that you are qualified for, and the shift(s) that work(s) best for you. Once slotted, you will receive a confirmation from SignUpGenius. 

Q: How do I find my VCU eID?

A: Use the VCU eID Finder tool to locate your eID.

Q: I don’t have any experience but still want to volunteer. Can I?

A: Yes! The scope of each event varies and we anticipate needing volunteers for a variety of roles, including those that do not require experience administering vaccines. We encourage anyone interested in volunteering to complete the Volunteer Interest Survey and required training.

Q: I am trained to give oral injections but do not have experience administering IM injections. What should I do?

A: That's ok. If you would like to volunteer as a vaccinator, you will need to complete the Vaccine Administration Training course and IM injection training

Q: I am a licensed practitioner working at VCU Health and haven't administered an IM injection in a couple of years. What should I do?

A: That's ok. If you would like to volunteer as a vaccinator, you will need to complete the Vaccine Administration Training course and IM injection training

Q: IM injections is within my scope of practice, and I frequently administer IM injections. Why do I need to take the training?

A: If you have training in Intramuscular (IM) injections and have given IM injections within the past two years, you will need to complete the Vaccine Administration Refresher course in Canvas. This course includes details specific to COVID-19 vaccinations.

Q: If I sign up now for future events, am I committed to that or is there flexibility to change if other commitments come up?

A: Our events, communtities, and patients are counting on you.  Please do your best to keep shifts you have selected, but if you need to change you can log back into the event's Sign Up Genius to make adjustments. If a last minute change is needed, please contact that event's coordinator listed on the Sign Up Genius.  

Q: Once I am trained through VCU Vaccine Corps, does that mean I can administer vaccines at my place of work or at other events?

A: Each employer may have different requirements. Discuss qualifications directly with them.

Q: As a VCU employee or VCU Health team member volunteering with VCU Vaccine Corps, what leave or PTO should I take?

A: VCU employees and VCU Health team members should contact their HR professionals for leave guidance.

Q: If I volunteer, am I guaranteed a vaccine?

A: No. All volunteers are encouraged to contact their health care team or employer for their COVID-19 vaccine. Follow the Virginia Department of Health phased schedule for vaccines.

Q: Am I required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test result ahead of volunteer events? 

A: All participants are encouraged to be in good health and pass the COVID-19 screening questions prior to attending their shift.

Q: Where can I find information about registering to receive a COVID-19 vaccine? 

A: You can learn how to get your vaccine at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Language translation available, TTY users dial 7-1-1.