The CCG continue to recruit volunteer staff to support the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS. They have asked that the VCS share the below information with their communities.
There is an urgent need for volunteer stewards (RVS) and volunteer unregistered vaccinators (St Johns Ambulance) locally to support the vaccine programme.
Stewards help and guide people at vaccination sites – this could be at a GP Vaccination Hub, a Large Scale Vaccination Centre, or at Pharmacy vaccination sites.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the steward role is asked to sign up via the Royal Voluntary Service website. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least 2 shifts at a vaccination site each month. Shifts are up to 4 hours long.
Once registered (takes approx. 48 hours) volunteers will be notified of available shifts via text and email alerts. Volunteers are then able to confirm which shifts they are able to do.
All vaccination sites (GP hubs, Vaccination Centres and Pharmacies) will advertise their available shifts through the Royal Voluntary Service website.
A DBS is not required for this role, although volunteers will be asked to declare any unspent convictions as part of the application process.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the unregistered vaccinators is asked to complete the ‘expression of interest’ on the St Johns Ambulance website. Unregistered vaccinators administer vaccines under clinical supervision – these roles require training and assessment.
Volunteers can sign up for both options if they choose to do so.