NHS thanks Covid jab volunteers for 'helping to save many lives'

NHS thanks Covid jab volunteers for ‘helping to save many lives’ as more than 17,000 people inquire about working for the booster rollout

  • NHS launched vaccination recruitment drive in face of Omicron variant spread
  • Paid roles have seen 17,500 people register their interest so far to help rollout
  • And 48,000 people have registered as steward volunteers in just over a month

Tens of thousands of vaccine volunteers have been praised for giving up around two million hours of their time to help with the jabs rollout.

NHS England said volunteers had helped especially in facilitating the ramped-up rollout of jabs and boosters last month.

Paid roles have seen 17,500 people register their interest so far as the NHS launched a recruitment drive in the face of the spread of the Omicron variant.

A further 48,000 people have registered as steward volunteers in just over a month.

Paid roles have seen 17,500 people register their interest so far as the NHS launched a recruitment drive in the face of the spread of the Omicron variant. A man is pictured getting vaccinated last month

NHS England chief executive Amanda Pritchard said the efforts of volunteers would ‘help to save many more lives’. 

She said: ‘I want to give my personal thanks to everyone who has given up their time to help us make the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme the biggest and most successful in health service history.’

Jaz Kaur Bangerh, from Leeds, promotes messages around the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in ethnic minority communities – including translating information into Punjabi. 

The 51-year-old said: ‘If you want to have an absolutely brilliant time, please do volunteer – it’s really great fun.’

NHS England said volunteers had helped especially in facilitating the ramped-up rollout of jabs and boosters last month

John Hardman, who has volunteered at jab sites in the capital including Wembley Stadium and the Science Museum, said he ‘can’t recommend it (volunteering) enough’.

The 38-year-old said: ‘I absolutely love volunteering for the vaccination programme – from greeting and guiding people, helping the elderly and keeping people company while they queue.

‘There are lots of opportunities to support locally, even if just for a few sessions.’

Meanwhile, 67-year-old Penny Champion said she is ‘proud’ of her role at her local vaccination centre in Lewisham, south-east London.

She said: ‘Every shift is different, and I’ve met some wonderful people and learned a lot about my own community.

‘It would be great to have more friends and volunteers join us. You will enjoy it if you do.’

NHS England said people interested in getting involved can search NHS vaccine team online.

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