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Goodwill to help local seniors schedule COVID vaccine appointments

Posted at 4:17 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 19:43:08-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Starting Tuesday, the local Goodwill will be helping seniors schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

Among the people served by Goodwill Industries of San Diego County during the pandemic: seniors, many of them expressing concerns about getting a vaccine appointment.

"We were hearing, 'I want to get the vaccine. I just don't know where to start,'" said Darlene Cossio, Director of Marketing Communications for Goodwill Industries of San Diego County.

Cossio says they've heard from seniors who don't have access to technology or don't know how to use it well enough. Many don't have family or friends to help them. Those conversations have led to the nonprofit's decision to step in.

Beginning Tuesday, any local senior 65 and older can receive help scheduling an appointment by calling one of Goodwill's community employment centers.

"The senior will have to stay on the phone with the career adviser to make sure all the pertinent information is available to the career adviser and also to be active in selecting the date and time," said Cossio.

If there are no appointments available, the senior will have to call back. The Goodwill assistance will be available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cossio says the decision to help with vaccine appointments just made sense.

"We already have so many strong relationships with community members that come to us for their job search needs and wraparound services, this made sense that we could help out ... Goodwill always takes the position to be part of the solution," said Cossio.