Spanish language sister page
Ivonne Radovich became a volunteer with the Facebook group after she used it to find her mother a vaccine appointment. Now, along with seven other volunteers, she helps run “Encuentra la vacuna contra el COVID, WA,” the Spanish language sister page of “Find a COVID shot WA.”
The page offers more one-on-one assistance since the vaccine sites are all in English. In addition to working in marketing during the day, Radovich tries to book 15 to 20 appointments a day for people. She wants to make sure that everyone who needs help receives it.
“One of the things that I would like to share and get out there, especially for the immigrant community and the Latinos, is we are here to help them,” she says. “There is nothing that prevents somebody from getting the vaccines. There is no requirement to have health insurance, no Social Security number, immigration status is not even a question.”
She also understands that for some people the lack of internet or time hinders them from asking for help.
“We know that a lot of people work the entire day, and they don’t have access to check Facebook during the day,” she says. “We want those people that can go onto Facebook later to reach out to us later [in the night], and we can gather their information, and as soon as we find something for them, we can send them a text or an email, whatever is easier.”
Sharla and Steve’s goal is to find ways to meet people where they are and to keep doing this until they are no longer needed.
“Our goal is to work ourselves to obsolescence,” says Steve.