New Brunswick Issues Urgent S.O.S For Healthcare Volunteers

Call issued for volunteers to assist health-care system

The provincial government has issued an urgent call for volunteers for paid and unpaid assistance in its pandemic response efforts.

“As predicted, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is causing increased hospitalizations and staff absences, which is putting pressure on all aspects of our healthcare system,” said Health Minister Dorothy Shephard. “We are asking anyone who can assist with clinical and non-clinical work to come forward.”

The clinical work includes administering vaccinations and COVID-19 testing, patient services and personal support work. Non-clinical work includes clerical support, office administration, logistical support, data entry, customer service, and food preparation and delivery.

“We need your help,” said Shephard. “Whether you are retired, non-practicing or unlicensed – if you have experience that can help, please reach out to us.”

Training specific to the work to be done, including health and safety training, and required personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to complete an online form. Each volunteer will be contacted but priority will be given to people who can fill areas of highest need.