November 5, 2021
 

The BI Rotary, along with six other Island organizations, was recognized by the Bainbridge Community Foundation with its 2021 Humanitarian Award for the set up and administration of the COVID vaccination clinics here on Bainbridge.

Rotarian Doctor Fred Hoffer, aka “The Vaccination King” is shown here with the award presented at a ceremony on November 4.

 

BI Rotary Wins Humanitarian Award For Vaccine Clinic Efforts.

The BI Rotary, along with six other Island organizations, was recognized by the Bainbridge Community Foundation with its 2021 Humanitarian Award for the set up and administration of the COVID vaccination clinics here on Bainbridge.

Rotarian Doctor Fred Hoffer, aka “The Vaccination King” is shown here with the award presented at a ceremony on November 4.

It was a team effort. More than 600 volunteers, including over 60 members of the BI Rotary and dozens of organizational leaders made the Bainbridge Island–led COVID-19 vaccination effort a success, administering more than 25,000 vaccine doses in under six months. 

More and more volunteers signed up as the process was streamlined and the roles were further defined and focused. Other volunteers found new ways of helping, such as by eliciting meal donations from local businesses to sustain the volunteers or by playing music at the vaccine clinics.

All in all, the volunteers logged more than 25,000 hours. The result was that Bainbridge earned the highest vaccine rate in the county, with the vaccine effort reaching over 82 percent of residents ages 12 and up.