‘Every single person here is serving a purpose’; vaccine volunteer shares experience at Bank of America Stadium

Mass COVID-19 vaccine clinic for second doses at BofA Stadium

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Planning and executing a mass vaccine event is an all-hands-on-deck effort from medical staff to volunteers.

Julia Versteegh has been volunteering with the organization Team Rubicon for the last 10 months. During that time she’s helped with tornado and hurricane relief - now she’s taking on mass vaccine events.

“Every single person here is serving a purpose and we’re helping each other and helping everyone who’s coming to get their vaccines,” she said.

Just last month, Versteegh was at the Bank of America Stadium assisting with the mass vaccine site, then she went to Midland, Texas for another vaccine clinic, now she’s back for round two.

On Friday, she was serving as strike leader overseeing a small team.

“Team Rubicon helps with the logistics and our team is good at that, so we are helping to improve the parking and the traffic, keeping pedestrians safe,” she said.

She and many others also helped with site preparation, traffic cones, and getting signs to nurses.

She says one of her favorite parts about being at the event is greeting the patients and making it an enjoyable experience.

“[We] make them feel welcomed and not nervous there are some people who are really actually nervous about getting their shots,” she said.

Versteegh already has her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and looks forward to getting her second dose at the end of the weekend. She says it’s a step towards greater protection, not just for herself but for others too.

“I’m getting the vaccine to help everybody else,” she said. “We’re not just doing it for ourselves, we’re making our cities, our communities that much closer to being protected as a whole.”

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