The medical director and two members of the nursing staff from Surgical Center at Millburn in Millburn, New Jersey, have been giving back to the community by serving as volunteer vaccinators.
Dr. Andrew Levy, Medical Director, Jorge Sidron, Director of Nursing, and Melinda Colon, RN, have been volunteering at the Livingston Mall to help administer the initial COVID-19 vaccine to 1A healthcare and first responders. They began the initiative in December as part of an Essex County collaboration, and they have not stopped since.
“In these difficult times, it has been a special experience and an honor to help be a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Dr. Levy. “Few things are as rewarding as watching the effect of a vaccination on someone who has been unable to see their grandchildren in a year. The tears of joy and watching someone dance with their walker are not easily forgotten.”
Jorge Sidron said he is thankful to be able to serve the community and be a part of the vaccination effort. “As a nurse, volunteering to be among the first to administer the COVID vaccine to my fellow healthcare workers and first responders was both an honor and a privilege.”
Melinda Colon found that being part of the vaccination effort brought her back to the core of her profession. “Volunteering made me realize why I became an RN in the first place,” she said.