Whopping 7,750 volunteers sign up to The Sun’s Jabs Army appeal in first 48 hoursJanuary 3, 2021
AN AMAZING 7,750 volunteers have signed up to The Sun’s Jabs Army appeal — in the first 48 hours.
The enormous response to our call for 50,000 to help at Covid vaccination centres was applauded as “astonishing”.
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Last night, Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid added her voice to the drive, which will help ensure 15million Brits get the vaccine by March.
She said: “2020 was such a tough year for everybody, so let’s make 2021 better by getting the vaccine safely out to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.
“It’s so important we get help to those who need it, and get this ambitious programme off the ground.”
The Sun joined forces with the NHS and the Royal Voluntary Service to urge readers to volunteer as stewards at the pop-up vaccination centres across the UK. It launched on New Year’s Day.
According to the latest figures, 7,744 have signed up to help, with most of those crediting The Sun.
Catherine Johnstone CBE, chief exec of the Royal Voluntary Service, said: “The response from Sun readers has been incredible.
“Thousands have already signed up to do their bit and I can’t thank them enough. I would urge anyone who is able to volunteer to step forward.”
Stewards will form a key part of the Covid vaccination team that will include NHS staff.
They will guide people on site to make sure the vaccination process runs as safely and efficiently as possible.
You only need to commit to two six-hour shifts per month at a vaccination service near you and no prior experience or qualifications are required.
HOW TO SIGN UP
VOLUNTEERS for the Jabs Army are being asked to first register online at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
You will receive an email with a log-in to sign up online. Finally, you will be asked to download the GoodSAM Responder app on a phone 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.
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