Local non-profit shows great support for frontline workers during pandemic
SALISBURY, Md. — Operation We Care, an all-volunteer non-profit organization in Salisbury continues to show their and support for front-line workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, the organization delivered pizza from Maya Bella’s Pizzeria to a team of health care workers from the Wicomico County Health Department, operating the vaccination clinic at the Civic Center. The organization also says they delivered several care packages to staff to get them through the tough days of the pandemic.
Operation We care founder, Jeff Merritt says this is gesture is a thank you for their efforts to promote public health. Merritt says in part quote, “we just wanted to reach out and show our support. Let them know that the community is behind them and their efforts so it’s no secret that we’re suffering from pandemic fatigue at this point. ” Merritt adds that as long as healthcare workers are achieving public health, they will be there to support in some form.
47ABC also spoke to Lori Brewster, a Wicomico County Health Department officer, who says the gifts from Operation We car are “absolutely phenomenal” and hit home. Brewster adds that the staff has been working long hours including, weekends, nights, and even holidays to ensure residents are taken care of medicinally.
However, she says the health department now has a new stressor, a shortage of vaccines. Brewster says in part quote, “we don’t know how many doses we are going to get until the Friday or Saturday before the following week.” She’s asking residents to just be patient as they can only give the number of vaccines that they get.
Brewster also wants state leaders to know that the health department needs to get more vaccines allocated to the community so they can get more vaccines into arms.