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Deploying a vaccine is like a war

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Next week will be a year since 91 years old Mrs. Margaret Keenan became the first person in the UK to be awarded a Covid jab.

Sun readers spent 1.1 million hours volunteering at jab centers but we need you again

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Sun readers spent 1.1 million hours volunteering at jab centers but we need you againCredit: Dan Charity

It was the start of the largest vaccination rollout in history.

To make sure everyone in the country gets a hit, Royal Volunteer Service was asked to find 50,000 volunteers to help.

So we turned to The Sun for help and didn’t know what to expect.

But within a few weeks, Jabs Army passed the 50,000 goal and in the end almost 70,000 of you have grown.

Your gift of time really makes a difference.

Sun readers have spent 1.1 million hours volunteering at jab centers.

But now, in our nation’s most needed hour, we need you again.

Omicron, the new Covid variant, is a huge push on the path we all could have been without it.

But the reality is that it is here and we need to respond appropriately and quickly, moving this vaccination program forward with efficiency and speed so that we will have a Christmas and entering 2022 so that everyone who wants a turbocharger can have one.

So we are calling 25,000 readers spend their time as volunteer administrators at vaccine centers as part of efforts to ensure every adult gets a booster shot by the end of January.

And we may need more to move forward as the future unfolds.

So far, Sun readers have completed more than 196,000 three- to six-hour shifts.

It would be great if you can help us to reach 200,000 cases in the near future.

When we launch Jabs Army In January, people thought that management would be a “good thing” to have at the centers.

But since then, we’ve discovered how volunteer administrators are essential to the efficient operation of vaccination sites – small, medium or large.

Every time you take someone away from sticking their nose in someone’s hand to do an administrative job, such as arranging a parking lot or sitting next to someone, you get a little panicky because they have a fear of needles. , you will slow down the process.

Almost 12 months on, the operation of vaccine centers today is much more complicated.

Most centers have multiple activities going on, with pre-booked vaccinations running alongside disease-free clinics.

So you’ve got booked appointments in one queue and walking in another, with both queues moving at different speeds.

Adding to the mix, you have people who are coming for the first or second time, as well as those who have increase.

Logically, getting all those moving parts to work together is quite a feat.

KEEP IT ALL together

And Jabs . Army Manager has proven to be essential to keeping people and systems together.

With my 79-year-old mother, Mavis Clemson, we work together at Banbury Cross Medical Center in Oxfordshire.

My mother, who was a Volunteer Gamer at the London Olympics, particularly enjoyed working as a change queue manager because she could talk to all the people waiting.

Because I’m a trained nurse, I enjoy volunteering in the recovery area, where people go if they’re not feeling well.

I never mentioned that I am the CEO of RVS. Why would I?

I don’t need it because I volunteer, like everyone else.

So many people have wanted to do their thing because there is no one in our world who is not affected by this horror at the moment. Covid virus.

It’s a bit like when you have a fight where people put down their tools and say ‘what do I need to do? Where is the greatest need? ‘

Last year, 12.4 million people volunteered across the UK and 4.6 million of them volunteered for the first time.

And 3.8 million of them have indicated that they want to continue volunteering.

It will take decades to get to the level of motivation that drives people to volunteer and we need to tap into this.

HAPPY TEACHERS

Research shows that volunteering is good for your heart and soul. It is a social prescription for your physical and mental health.

But the speed with which we need to move now is very important, because the more people we get vaccinated and the faster we can get it done, the more likely we are to be able to stop those who don’t. unnecessarily healthy and hospitalized.

The good news is that nearly 5,000 Sun readers have signed up as of Monday.

Some have stayed with us and worked regular shifts at their local centers across Covid vaccination program continue.

We encourage anyone who has stepped back because they think they don’t need to re-login to their app as we worked with local teams to pinpoint the need for capacity growth and change Now available in many regions.

I am pleased and humbled by the reaction of The Sun readers to moving forward once again because the goal of how many people need to be vaccinated is ambitious.

Vaccinations and boosters are likely to stop at the end of January, and for now we don’t know what will happen with this new variant.

Therefore, continuing to build the vax jabs army with the help of Sun readers so that it is proud and ready to deal with whatever is difficult is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – and I’m sure will continue to volunteer beside my mother.

Join The Sun’s Jabs Army

Next week, it will be a year since 91-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person in the UK to be given a Covid jab.

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Next week, it will be a year since 91-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person in the UK to be given a Covid jab.Credit: Getty
Catherine Johnstone is the CEO of the Royal Volunteer Service

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Catherine Johnstone is the CEO of the Royal Volunteer Service
Sun readers have completed more than 196,000 three- to six-hour shifts to date, and nearly 5,000 readers have signed up as of Monday.

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Sun readers have completed more than 196,000 three- to six-hour shifts to date, and nearly 5,000 readers have signed up as of Monday.
We need 25,000 Jabs Army volunteers to help provide the spikes that strengthen and combat Omicron stress

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Tom Vazquez

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