PROJECT SHIELD VANCOUVER
In light of the ongoing pandemic in Vancouver, medical personnel have been the sole recipients of most 3D printed face shields and other PPE’s. We noticed that nationwide efforts to distribute masks and other personal protective equipment to hospitals have left essential service workers operating grocery stores, or other small businesses are working without sufficient protection. With the upcoming flu season, a second wave of the outbreak could strike, leaving many in devastation and despair. To truly flatten the curve, we believe that personal protective equipment should be readily available for all facets of essential services. Our goal is to 3D-print face shields for small businesses, shelters, and grocery employees that continue to operate across the Northshore. While ambitious, we would also like to eventually provide rural, Indigenous communities with face shield supplies, given the deficit in support, and resources that were present even before the onset of the pandemic.
Behind the Scenes and the Initiative
"Project Shield Vancouver" has been founded by two UBC science students who have deemed it necessary and part of their role to give back to the community and be a support during COVID 19. As Canada’s role on the world stage evolves and becomes more prominent, it seems more than ever apparent that there is no better way to serve than to seek greater involvement in the community and set an example for others to follow.
Hence, we have embarked on this journey to distribute Face Shields across the Northshore and Vancouver, and help the vulnerable and at risk workers. It is believed that collaboration and a single initiative can become an agent for positive change, evoking gratitude and promoting connectedness within Vancouvers diverse community.
There are thousands of business, organizations and frontline workers who keep risking their lives and operate during the COVID 19 closure. We are currently working full time to distribute free 3D printed face shields in Vancouver.