Retired nurses helping with Monroe County's vaccination effort

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: January 15, 2021 09:52 PM
Created: January 13, 2021 06:00 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County is looking for retired nurses who are willing to come back to work to help keep up with the vaccination demand. News10NBC talked to one former registered nurse who fits the bill but is having a hard time getting a vaccine for himself. 

Daniel Sherwood lives right here in Rochester. Even though he's a former front line worker, and is 72 years old, he too is finding it difficult to get a vaccine even though he qualifies for one.

From the moment COVID-19 vaccines became available it's been a race against time to get as many people inoculated. Monroe County needs some help, and Sherwood is trying to answer that call. After 15 years as a Registered Nurse, he retired six years ago.

"It was sweet at first, but it's ho-hum. Wears out after a while. You can watch so much TV," Sherwood said.  

He says going back to work will not only get him out of the house but will also give him a chance to help make a difference again.

"There's a lot of satisfaction in nursing. It's a second career for me. Yeah I can go home at night and feel like I've been worthwhile, and I've really made a difference," Sherwood said.

But before he can go back to work, he needs a COVID shot of his own. So far it's been a challenge trying to get one.  

"I've tried the internet. I've tried the phone. I've worked with the Monroe County Department of Health. The people that hired me, the agency, my family doctor, and I've run into nothing but dead ends," Sherwood said.

For now, Sherwood is just waiting for his turn. He urges others who can get back to work to check out all the opportunities that are available to them.

"It's not necessarily an 8-hour job a day, 40 hours a week. I'm being selected for a part-time overnight situation. So you can kind of name your own terms. I'm not sure about the money, but the money probably isn't that great, but if you're comfortable, and you're retired money really shouldn't be an issue," Sherwood said. 

He was recently offered a Nursing position in New York City that pays $5,000 a week. He turned it down to work here in the Rochester area.

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