Published: 03:05 PM, 03 September 2021
NHS Volunteer Responders isreaching out to the Bengali community, calling for more Steward Volunteers tosupport at local vaccination sites.
There is a growing need forsteward volunteers and the NHS is calling for help to get the communityvaccinated.
Getting both doses of thevaccine is the best way for people to protect themselves and those around themfrom the virus and volunteers in this role will be supporting the clinicalstaff at vaccination sites and helping the people that have come for their jabto complete the process safely and comfortably.
Volunteers help to ensuresocial distancing measures are in place and identify people who requireadditional support. Volunteer safety is a priority, with sites providing a fullbriefing ahead of the shift.
People interested in signing up as a SV can go to www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk. Shifts usually last up to six hours with yourexpenses covered. No experience or qualifications are required.
The NHS Volunteer Respondersprogramme was set up by NHS England and NHS Improvement to support the pandemicresponse and is delivered by Royal Voluntary Service and GoodSAM. Volunteersuse a mobile phone app to choose what shifts they would like to do and when.
Professor Sir KeithWillet, SRO – NHS Covid-19 vaccine deployment programme at NHS England said: “We are incredibly appreciative of everyone who hasstepped forward to support the vaccine rollout so far. All out vaccinationvolunteers are performing a critical role and are a key part of the programme’ssuccess. Our Steward Volunteers do a fantastic job of freeing up our staff tofocus on the task at hand, and at this crucial stage we need these volunteersnow more than ever so we can make sure as many eligible people as possible getall their jabs done.”
Catherine Johnstone CBE,Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: “We are at a crucial moment in the vaccinationrollout. There is a real urgency to this, and we are working at pace toget people vaccinated as fast as possible. There is a particular need forsteward volunteers to help the vaccination programme reach communities most inneed. If you are able to help by joining the team, please don’t hesitate.Together we can get the jabs done.”