Vaccination Volunteering

Vaccination Programme Marshall – Volunteer Role

Is this for you?
Do you want to be a part of the ground-breaking vaccination programme and help fight the pandemic? Do you want to help your community, supporting patients before and after, to access the vaccination programme, and be a friendly face of encouragement?  Are you able to work outside in all weathers for 4 hours at a stretch? (NB There may be some indoor roles available also).

If you can help with marshalling as described above, you will be provided with a contact person on site to meet with when your shift begins, and your travel expenses there and back will usually be covered. Often you’ll also get a T-shirt to wear to identify your role, and often you’ll share a shift with someone else.

You can email us on covidchampions@vsialliance.org.uk if you are interested – or even better,  if you are considering taking on this role, it’s very worth  registering your interest in being a Covid Champion, to access both information to give you confidence to volunteer, and weekly email Updates where we let you know about volunteering opportunities. Once you’ve filled out the simple registration form online, you are offered a calendar to book a one-off informal training session, usually with one of our retired doctors, enabling you to confidently answer questions of the people attending clinics (and those of your friends, neighbours and colleagues too.)

After that, there are optional zoom update sessions if you want to check back in for any new info or stats, e.g. on new Covid variants, local stats, or new vaccination options. Who knows where your volunteering may take you – on July 31st, Covid Champions were supporting “grab a jab” weekend at the Circus!

Circus opens as pop-up vaccine centre in ‘grab a jab’ push to reach hold-outs (from inews.co.uk)

England’s Covid case numbers were not the only high-wire act in town this weekend at the latest unorthodox pop-up vaccination centre

A new ‘Pop Up’ vaccination centre is opened in the Big Top of Circus Extreme in Shibden Park on July 31, 2021 in Halifax, England.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

People visiting the circus in Halifax were given the opportunity to get a Covid vaccine, as the location became one of the latest pop up vaccination sites.

Visitors to Circus Extreme in Halifax on Saturday were able to see death-defying acts performed by stunt riders and acrobats, before grabbing a jab alongside the jugglers.

Anyone was welcome to Saturday’s free pop-up clinic outside the Big Top, as part of a ‘grab a jab’ weekend designed to reach those who have not yet had the vaccine – though sadly the jab did not come with free admission to the show itself.

John Haze, director of Circus Extreme, said: “It may not be the normal thing you expect to see when you enter the Circus Extreme Big Top but we are really proud to be supporting the NHS Covid vaccination programme.

“We had no hesitation in letting the NHS host a walk-in clinic in the tent so that more people can get their jab at a convenient time.”

Rhiannon Alexander, 34, from Bradford receives a Covid 19 vaccination as circus performers look on (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

More than 2,000 sites have already taken part in the NHS Covid vaccination programme, which has delivered more than 70 million doses and fully vaccinated more than 31.5 million people.

From football stadiums to festivals and museums, the NHS has been setting up walk-in sites at a wide range of popular locations to make getting vaccinated against Covid-19 as accessible as possible.

In London, a vaccine bus is this weekend stationed at the Summer of Love Festival in Holland Park, Kensington, where visitors will be able to get vaccinated while enjoying public art trails and guided tours.

In Poplar, east London, a four-day vaccine festival is running until Monday, with live music and free food.

Burnley FC and Goodwood Racecourse will also be offering visitors the chance to get a dose of a Covid vaccine this weekend.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and Deputy Lead for NHS England’s vaccination programme, said: “From festivals to farm shops, circus tents and stadiums, NHS teams are working hard to set up vaccine clinics at a huge range of popular locations, all with the aim of getting as many people vaccinated as possible. (Read on..)