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Unsung heroes of COVID vaccination effort: Volunteers



Unsung heroes of COVID vaccination effort: Volunteers

By March 2021, Andy Taylor needed to do … something.

The 70-year-old had spent the past year “hunkering down,” watching from the confines of his home in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood as the coronavirus sickened and felled so many, shuttered entire sectors of society, and stressed the health care system to the edge.

“I was sort of feeling impotent,” Taylor said. “Why am I taking up space on this planet if I can’t help?”

He could help. He’s a retired physician with experience injecting people, and he found a way to put his expertise to use by joining what became an army of volunteers across the state that have tested, vaccinated and helped coordinate crucial aspects of the state’s response to the pandemic.

Since the early days of the pandemic, thousands of volunteers, from retirees to college undergrads, have performed a range of tasks, from administering vaccines to helping with paperwork.

“The volunteers are indispensable,” Mark Jackson, director of testing and vaccination support for Ramsey County, said. “I don’t think I can come up with enough adjectives.”

Jackson and others involved with the county’s efforts are blunt when asked whether the public health mobilization could have worked without the volunteers. “No I don’t think so,” he said. “With staffing limitations and shortages, especially with nurses and other health care workers, no, we couldn’t have done what we’ve done.”


It’s impossible to calculate how many people have pitched in during the pandemic, if you include home-sewn mask donations and repeated call-ups for members of the Minnesota National Guard.

In the case of the government-run mass-testing and mass-vaccination sites, much of the volunteer work has come via the Medical Reserve Corps. It’s a concept that arose from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. With coordination by the federal and state government, MRC units are organized at the local level. There are 22 units in Minnesota, with most run by a county, although some municipalities have their own, and the University of Minnesota has its own unit.

The Ramsey County unit was formed in 2004 and used during the H1N1 swine flu pandemic of 2009. Many reserve corps units have responded to natural disasters. Interest in them exploded with the arrival of SARS-CoV-2. Some 1,400 people have signed up in Ramsey County alone, with 508 volunteers deployed to actual work sites. The state effort, MN Responds, deployed nearly 1,600 volunteers between September 2020 and September 2021, according to an audit completed by the Minnesota Department of Health. The audit estimated the volunteers save more than $1 million in labor.

At the start of the pandemic, volunteers in the metro were used heavily for testing. Once the vaccines arrived, they shifted their focus. These days, they do both.


Volunteers come from all walks of life and demographic groups, although organizers say they’re trying to recruit more diversity. In the Ramsey County unit, there’s a preponderance of retired health care workers — like Taylor.

On a recent day at the mass vaccination site in the Mexican Consulate on St. Paul’s Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, Taylor saddled into his usual chair, overseeing a room full of empty chairs that would soon be populated with people who have just received the vaccine.

He’s an observer, watching recipients for 15 minutes or so after receiving a shot with a keen eye for two possible problems: a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction (extremely rare), and fainting or wooziness (uncommon but occasionally seen, for any number of reasons).

If the task sounds dull, it’s not, Taylor insists. He’s picked up “poquito Espanol” from his frequent colleague, Patricia Perez Baker, a Ramsey County health educator. Volunteers work side-by-side with paid professionals.

Taylor says he enjoys the work. “It’s nice to be with people, to be back in the human flow. And I’m helping. If I get COVID here, that’s fine. At least I wasn’t in a bar.”


Medical Reserve Corp volunteer Judy Kuczenski, a nurse practitioner from New Brighton, makes a sure a young patient is OK after administering a COVID-19 vaccination during a clinic at the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.
Medical Reserve Corp volunteer Judy Kuczenski, a nurse practitioner from New Brighton, makes a sure a young patient is OK after administering a COVID-19 vaccination during a clinic at the Consulate of Mexico in St. Paul on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. “I was looking to volunteer after I retired and this came up. It was a great option,” said Kuczenski. (John Autey / Pioneer Press)

For all the travails that health care workers have been through during the pandemic, volunteer Judy Kuczenski said she finds her task, vaccinating people, pretty relaxing.

The New Brighton resident, a retired nurse practitioner, feels in her element with patients, including children — a skill in especially high demand at vaccination clinics currently.

She has volunteered between one and four days a week since March 2021, and returning to clinical work has reminded her of the camaraderie health care workers can feel with each other, Kuczenski said. Unlike her prior professional career, she said her task isn’t complicated by a patients’ other ailments, or much bureaucracy.

“Every day is Saturday for me,” she joked about her retired status as she awaited patients in the Consulate, which converts its public spaces into a vaccination clinic weekly. “What else can I do? I can ‘work’ when I want.”

But on the serious side, she said she’s inspired by fundamental idea of mass vaccination clinics. “This is access for all. Anyone who comes in here can get a shot. No one needs insurance or any money. There’s not a lot of health care in the world like that.”


At a nearby vaccination station, Ann Tranvik is volunteering to do the same work she was doing before she retired in November: giving COVID-19 vaccinations.

For 38 years, the Robbinsdale resident worked for Ramsey County as a public health nurse, a job she said she’s always been passionate about. When her father was a boy, he contracted polio and was almost killed by the disease — which has been eliminated in the United States, thanks entirely to vaccination.

“I value prevention, and I want to do anything we can to help make sure people are immunized,” she said.

“There’s not any question in my mind that this is where I need to be.”


Celtics without Marcus Smart, Al Horford for East finals Game 1 vs. Heat, joining Miami’s Lowry as out



Celtics without Marcus Smart, Al Horford for East finals Game 1 vs. Heat, joining Heat’s Lowry as out

A potentially seismic shift hit the Eastern Conference finals less than three hours prior to Tuesday night’s start of Game 1 at FTX Arena, when the Boston Celtics announced that forward Al Horford had entered NBA health-and-safety protocols and would be out for the series opener against the Miami Heat.

The designation not only had Horford out for Tuesday’s start of the best-of-seven series, but also, based on the NBA’s required quarantine in such cases, possibly out for Thursday night’s Game 2 at FTX Arena and Saturday’s Game 3 at TD Garden.

“We found out about Al about two hours ago,” Celtics coach Ime Udoka said, less than two hours before tipoff.

Udoka indicated that upcoming testing results could impact the timing of a Horford return.

“He’s feeling fine,” Udoka said, “and we’ll go from there, wait to see results of tests and future tests.”

Udoka said he was unaware of any contact-tracing issues with others on the team.

It is the third time this season Horford, 35, has entered NBA protocols.

In addition, the Celtics announced that a second starter, point guard Marcus Smart, would miss the series opener due to the right mid-foot sprain sustained during Sunday’s Game 7 victory over the visiting Milwaukee Bucks that advanced them to the East finals against the Heat.

Smart was listed as questionable earlier in the day. Horford had not appeared on the Celtics’ injury report until he was listed as out.

“The soreness was too much,” Udoka said of Smart’s injury, “still some swelling, and limited basketball movements that he couldn’t do.”

Derrick White was the replacement starter for Smart, with recently injured Robert Williams moving back into the lineup in Boston’s power rotation.

“I feel like this is the world we’ve been living in for a long time, certainly this year,” Spoelstra said of the lingering uncertainties amid the pandemic, “Every team has experience dealing with this.”

Or working on the fly with evolving rosters on both sides, Spoelstra said, “This has become the normal prep: expect the unexpected.”

For the Heat, guard Kyle Lowry remained sidelined with a strained left hamstring, although he was on the court for pregame shooting. It is the seventh time in the past nine games Lowry has been sidelined by the hamstring.

Four Heat players had been listed as questionable earlier Tuesday, but then were cleared to play: Caleb Martin (ankle sprain), Max Strus (hamstring strain), P.J. Tucker (calf strain) and Gabe Vincent (hamstring strain).

Earlier, Spoelstra said at the morning shootaround that his team was in for an extended challenge, stressing the littlest things could make the biggest difference.

“They’re big, those moments in between, the plays in between, ball in the air, ball on the floor,” he said. “I’m sure they’re saying the same thing. You have two teams that take pride in that, so it should be very competitive in between the lines.

“And both teams do it in a way that’s not over the top. It’s just about doing whatever it takes to get the win.”

Heat guard Tyler Herro said he appreciated it was time to dig in defensively.

“I think both teams, everybody knows how well we are on that side of the ball,” he said. “I think whoever can get the relief buckets in transition, a couple of buckets here or there, that aren’t from set plays and things like that, I think whoever can get those in-between possessions, I think will have an advantage throughout the series.”

All without forgoing any defensive elements.

“I mean, that’s what we are, since I got here three years ago,” he said. “We’ve always been old-school that way. We’re willing to score 120, but we also can play a game in the 90s.”

Heat center Bam Adebayo said the team was savoring, but not caught up in, the moment.

“We’re just enjoying our moment,” he said. “For the most part, we’re keeping our head down, keeping the main thing the main thing.”

The series not only is a rematch of the teams’ 2020 East finals that the Heat won 4-2, but also a reunion for Adebayo with USA Basketball gold-medal Olympic teammate Jayson Tatum.

“Since I’m playing against him, I know his tendencies,” Adebayo said. “The Olympic team is totally different. But just knowing his tendencies, that’s basically it.”

For all the backstories, Herro said what can’t be lost is the significance of the moment.

“This is what you want as a competitor,” he said. “As a basketball player growing up this is everything you could ever ask for, to be in a game like that.”


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Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 READ MANGA and Release Date




Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 is set to release on 23rd May 2022. There will be some delay in the RAW release and the release of the translated version.

There will be some delay in the RAW release and the release of the translated version. This Countdown will help you track the release of Painter of the Night Chapter 103.


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Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Release Date

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 release date is announced, it is set to release this week on 23rd May 2022 2022. The fans of the manga are quite excited about this latest update.

It becomes so popular in the release of just a few chapters, and now it has many fan bases. the release date of Chapter 236 is announced, it is set to release this week on 23rd May 2022.

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Raw Scan Release Date

As the release date for Chapter 236 of Rent a Girlfriend is set for the 23rd of May, Many people are wondering if they could find the raw scan of the chapter.

Well they could, this is because the raw scan of a particular chapter releases 2-3 days before the release of the actual chapter. Therefore you can find Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Raw Scan on Internet communities such as 4chan and Reddit.

Rent a girlfriend Manga lovers, now you are here to know the latest updates on this anime or Manga. As you all know it’s the most popular Japanese Manga which has lots of young audiences.

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 READ MANGA and Release Date

Stanford arts review is here to help you guys. Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Release Date and where to read Manga Online and other details will be revealed in this article. Have look and enjoy.

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Spoilers Theory 

Rent a girlfriend is a Japanese Romantic comedy based on Manga. It was written and illustrated by Reijli Miyajima. It has several volumes in it.

This entire anime describes the romantic and comedy tale of Rented girlfriend Mizuhara Chizuru and heartbroken Kazuya Kinoshita. And how long they move together. As of now, it’s running successfully without breaks. Have been published weekly in Shonen magazine officially since 2017. This hottest romantic Manga has gained tons of fans.

Kazuya Kinoshita a 20-year college-going guy, after being deceived by his love got depressed. So he thought of using a local mobile app that arranges girlfriends on a rental basis.

Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 READ MANGA and Release Date

Immediately he worked on it and found a girl as per her requirement. On the next day, his rented girlfriend Mizuhara Chizuru appeared before him at his place.

At first glimpse itself, he was mesmerized by her cuteness and great personality. Stared their journey. The rest of the story forms how they go ahead.

Where to Read Manga Online Officially??

Rent a girlfriend Manga lovers can read this in Shonen magazine officially on weekly basis. You can even read this Manga on other websites also but we always encourage and recommend the readers to follow official magazines and websites to support the authors and production team.1651953153 650 Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 234 DELAYED DUE to Golden Week

Before Rent a Girlfriend Chapter 236 Releases Read More About The Main Cast

Kazuya Kinoshita

Kazuya Kinoshita is our male hero of the Kanojo, Okarishimasu series. He is an understudy at Nerima University who is studying Business Administration, he lives alone in a loft arranged in 203 Royal Hills Nerima.

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Kazuya is an uncertain man who likes to inundate himself in his predominance, accordingly, he ends up rashly misleading people around him without a second thought. His untruths frequently cause him problems, since he can’t marshal the solidarity to come clean.

He makes the falsehoods proceed to stay away from the issue of making sense of everything. An illustration of this is his phony relationship with Chizuru Ichinose kept up to encourage his grandma. Then again, he knows he’s setting himself into a difficult situation up to attempt to safeguard others’ mysteries and keep those near him blissful.

Chizuru Ichinose

Chizuru Ichinose on the other hand known as Chizuru Mizuhara in her “rental sweetheart” persona, is our female hero of the Kanojo, Okarishimasu series.

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She is an undergrad at Nerima University who is studying Literature and she as of now lives in Room 204 of Royal Hills Nerima, only close to Kazuya Kinoshita.

Initially, Chizuru sets up a sort and thoughtful front: It shocks any individual who considers leasing, which makes them give high appraisals to her. Nonetheless, she just does this to her clients. Actually, she is sharp, reckless, and calculative; showing her actual self to individuals she disdains or needs to tolerate. In any case, she shows a real kinder side when she sees individuals out of luck or when Kazuya needs her assistance.

She gets irritated when Kazuya acquaints her with his grandma. Chizuru told Kazuya promptly to let his grandma know that they separated, yet she’d become flushed and get humiliated when she hears Kazuya discussing her with his grandma.

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Omar Kelly: Mike McDaniel must make Dolphins offense in vogue



Omar Kelly: Mike McDaniel must make Dolphins offense in vogue

Mike McDaniel’s style can’t, and shouldn’t be ignored.

The Miami Dolphins coach avoided the team-issued gear and wore spring’s hottest colors to the NFL combine, and accented that wardrobe with Burberry sneakers and a Louis Vuitton backpack hanging over his shoulder the entire week.

For the NFL owners meeting he wore crispy white linen shirt and some designer jeans, looking South Florida chic.

Then there’s the array of Yeezy sneakers that would impress any and every NFL player, even those with a stellar sneaker collection of their own.

“There’s a good amount,” McDaniel said Tuesday when asked about his collection of Yeezy’s, an expensive and hard to get Adidas sneaker created by musician and designer Kanye West, which the coach wears regularly.

“I’m trying to overcome my personality shortcomings,” McDaniel joked in a deadpan nature after pointing out his entire wardrobe has finally made its way from California.

His style clearly catches your attention.

Let’s hope the Dolphins offense, which is what McDaniel was hired to fix, features the same kind of fashion-forward approach because turning that unit into the upper echelon of NFL productivity, is the easiest way to make this franchise relevant again.

And it is McDaniel’s job to set that trend.

“He’s a super genius,” said receiver River Cracraft, who spent time with McDaniel with the 49ers. “That’s all you need to know. He’s smarter than everyone else. And no offense to everyone else.”

Hearing that type of praise from his players, and his peers is cool. But we’ve heard this before.

Former Dolphins coach Joe Philbin was supposedly the innovative genius behind Mike McCarthy’s offense in Green Bay. You know, the one that helped future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers win his one and only championship.

That turned out to be a hoax.

Adam Gase rode the great Peyton Manning’s success in Denver to “offensive genius” status when he was named the Dolphins’ head coach in 2016. But that label turned out to be fraudulent too, with the exception of the 2016 season, where Miami rode tailback Jay Ajayi and a forceful offensive line to a 10-win season, and the team’s last playoff berth.

From there on Gase’s offense was a bottom-dweller until he was fired after the 2018 season, and replaced by Brian Flores.

Flores turned out to be exactly who he was advertised as — a leader of men, and defensive guru — but he was never capable of putting together the type of staff that could produce a reliable offense that would inject fear into opposing defenses.

This is where McDaniel, who is Flores’ replacement, could set himself apart from his predecessors. He’s responsible for building a run-heavy, play-action-based offense that’s custom made for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — and if that doesn’t happen we’re likely looking at another wasted era.

Only two things can hold this offense back and keep it from reaching its potential after the massive makeover the Dolphins underwent this offseason — adding offensive linemen Terron Armstead and Connor Williams, receivers Tyreek Hill, Cedrick Wilson and rookie Erik Ezukanma, and tailbacks Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel.

The first is injuries, which every team faces.

And the second is the offensive line, which has usually weighed this franchise down over the past decade-plus, struggling.

Good thing that’s supposedly one of McDaniel’s specialties considering he’s worked his way up the NFL coaching ranks by establishing a reputation as a run-game specialist.

That explains why the focus this spring has been placed on the offensive line and improving Miami’s offensive trench play.

“As far as the offseason program is concerned, it’s almost built for our offensive linemen in terms of how to approach things because you need about two weeks of an hour-and-a-half, or an hour-and-45-minute meetings to digest, ‘Hey, we’re asking you to run off the ball, we’re asking you to have these landmarks, we’re asking you not to hesitate,’ ” McDaniel said, referring to Phase 1 of the offseason program. “Then in Phase 2, you can kind of drill it.”

Running the football isn’t stylish in today’s wide-open, pass-happy, fantasy football focused era of football. But coaches like McDaniel, who helped turnaround the 49ers franchise by helping them establish a physical rushing attack, could bring it back, making the ground-and-pound approach in vogue again.

But that only happens if the Dolphins manage to iron out the imperfections from what was leftover from last year’s dismal offensive line, and Miami produces a run-based offense that’s not only efficient and effective.

But a style the rest of the NFL admires, if not attempts to emulate.

Let’s see if he can go from being stylish, to being a trend-setter.


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