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Strictly's Max George and Chris Packham back The Sun's Jabs Army call to get Britain vaccinated
STRICTLY star Max George and naturalist Chris Packham joined Britain’s biggest celebrities in backing The Sun’s call for volunteers to join Jabs Army.
An amazing 26,500 readers have now signed up to be volunteer stewards at Covid vaccination centres around the UK with the Royal Voluntary Service.
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Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
But the nation needs 50,000 to ensure the centres run smoothly — and YOU could be one of them.
Springwatch star Chris, 59, said: “I wholeheartedly support the Sun’s Jabs Army.
“As soon as we get as many people vaccinated as possible, that’s when we’ll overcome this crisis.
"My 87-year-old dad had his first jab and his mental outlook is now completely different.
“It’s not right that vulnerable people should live in fear.”
How to sign up
VOLUNTEERS for the Jabs Army are being asked to first register online at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
You will then receive an email with log-in details to sign up online.
Finally, you will be asked to download the GoodSAM app on a smartphone which will match you to a role in your area.
Services will be opening in the coming days and weeks, with different areas up and running at different times, so you might not be required on site for some weeks. Not everyone who signs up will need to be called upon.
You need to commit to only two six-hour shifts a month at a vaccination service, and no prior experience or qualifications are required.
You will work as part of a team that will include NHS staff and volunteers. The Royal Voluntary Service will conduct appropriate background checks.
Go to nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
Also backing the campaign is The Wanted singer Max, 32, who said: “The NHS have been truly amazing throughout this pandemic and now it’s our time to give back.
“The quicker people sign up to help get the vaccine out the better.”
It comes as 30,500 St John Ambulance volunteers join the vaccine fight against Covid from tomorrow helping efforts to give 200,000 jabs a day.
They will provide manpower to ramp up efforts to save at least 200,000 A DAY with jabs at seven new super hubs: London, Birmingham, Stevenage, Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester and Epsom.
The charity’s CEO Martin Houghton-Brown said: “St John Ambulance has always been there at times of need, but never have we been more needed.
“St John, supporting the NHS and working with wonderful volunteers from local communities across the country, Royal Voluntary Service, British Red Cross and other partners will together help bring this vaccine to the nation in our hour of need.”
- Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
SAFETY for our Jab Army volunteers is paramount.
Here we answer your questions about how you will be protected while working as a Steward Volunteer in a vaccine centre:
When I do my voluntary duty will I be safe from catching Covid?
Volunteer and patient safety is the NHS and Royal Voluntary Services’ top priority.
While is no upper age limit for volunteering but being a Steward Volunteer is a frontline role and is not for anyone who is in a medium or high-risk category.
Team leaders will ensure volunteers have the correct equipment to keep them safe at all times and social distancing will be in place throughout volunteer shifts.
There are lots of other volunteering roles available on the website.
Will I be asked to wear PPE?
Yes, the safety of volunteers is extremely important and you will be provided with appropriate PPE at the vaccination centres by your team leader.
Will I come in direct contact with patients?
One of the key jobs of our Steward Volunteers is to make sure people queuing up to receive their jabs are keeping to a safe social distance.
This is also includes yourself, so, where possible you will be two metres away from patients and other volunteers.
What training will I be given?
You will be provided with a comprehensive ‘Getting You Started guide’ to explain everything that is required on site.
As this is a non-clinical role, no specific training is required and once you arrive on site, team leaders will take you through a site introduction and briefing.
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