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Coronavirus vaccine volunteers desperately needed at Preston and South Ribble sites

Posted on - 17th June, 2021 - 10:55am | Author - | Posted in - Health, Preston News, South Ribble News
A vaccination being given Pic: Pixabay
A vaccination being given Pic: Pixabay

NHS Volunteer Responders are urgently calling for more Steward Volunteers in Preston and South Ribble to support at local vaccination sites where there is a high demand for volunteer help.

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Requests for Steward Volunteers have soared in recent weeks and there are now over 2,000 shifts that need filling in sites across the country every day.

The North West has seen a growing need for steward volunteers and the NHS is calling for help to get local people vaccinated over the summer, particularly in those areas of most vaccination need.

Steward Volunteers support with the efficient and safe movement of patients through vaccination sites, ensuring that social distancing measures are in place and identifying people who require additional support.

Read more: Royal Preston Hospital suspend adult inpatient visiting as Covid cases continue to rise

The following local sites need help:

  • St Johns Shopping Centre, Preston
  • Jubliee House, South Ribble

People interested are being asked to go to www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk to sign up as a Steward Volunteer. 

Shifts usually last up to six hours with your expenses covered. No experience or qualifications are required and a full briefing is provided on site.

The NHS Steward Volunteers Volunteer Responders programme was set up by the NHS and is delivered by Royal Voluntary Service and GoodSAM. Volunteers use a mobile phone app to choose what shifts they would like to do and when.

This is one of the busiest and most crucial periods of the national vaccination programme.

Over 50 million vaccines have already been delivered and work continues at pace to vaccinate all adults, with over 21’s now being asked to book in.

Catherine Johnstone CBE, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service said: “We find ourselves at a crucial moment in the vaccination rollout. 

“There is a real urgency to this, and we are working at pace to get all adults vaccinated as fast as possible. There is a particular need for steward volunteers to help the vaccination programme reach communities most in need. If you are able to help by joining the team, please don’t hesitate. Together we can get the jabs done.”



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