THE DUCHESS of York last night urged more to join The Sun’s Jabs Army — as our recruit tally edged closer to smashing 40,000.
Sarah Ferguson hailed our campaign as “fantastic” and spoke of the vital push to sign up volunteers to help with the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out.
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The Duchess said: “The vaccine roll-out is an incredible thing to witness — hard-working nurses and medics working crazy hours to get us all inoculated so we can get Britain moving again. Their dedication is truly humbling.
“But it is also the volunteers who help them in their important task who we have to thank — and who we also need. Without them the task is even harder, which is why The Sun’s Jabs Army is vital.”
Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
She explained how watching footage of volunteers assisting people up and down the country when the vaccine programme began last month had left her with a sense of pride.
Sarah, 61, said: “I was moved watching the queues of people in great spirits being helped into vaccination centres by volunteer stewards. How fantastic that we can all play a part.
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
“I urge you all to sign up for Jabs Army and play your part in this enormous challenge.”
She becomes the latest influential person to throw their weight behind our initiative, following Gary Lineker, Piers Morgan, Jane Moore and Jeremy Clarkson. Prime Minister Boris Johnson described our campaign “a brilliant example of the power of collective action”.
The Sun’s Jabs Army drive — last night standing at 39,158 — aims to recruit 50,000 volunteers for vaccination centres. No experience is necessary — so why not sign up today?
- 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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