We’re once again at a time of real uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic.
We don’t know what will happen in the coming days and weeks regarding changing restrictions and their impact on the sport and physical activity sector – we can only wait for the government to assess the data and determine what they consider to be the most appropriate course of action.
One thing we do know is the importance of being able to deliver vaccines quickly and efficiently, so that as many people as possible can be as protected as they can be, as quickly as they can be and therefore continue to live happy, healthy lives.
This is the best way to tackle the Omicron variant and limit its impact on our sector, and society more broadly.
Can you help?
In order to do this, the government is asking for volunteers to aid the NHS with the booster rollout.
Our industry has already responded brilliantly in trying times to the threat of the pandemic, and the restrictions we all hoped we’d seen the last of. But this is a different ask, one that we can all – no matter our role in the sector – play a part in delivering.
Whether you can offer your time in a clinical or non-clinical capacity, all volunteers are welcomed as the NHS looks to continue what has already been a phenomenal effort in vaccinating our nation.
Steward Volunteers are essential for the safe and efficient running of vaccination sites. You would help guide people on site, monitor social distancing and identify people who need additional support, among other duties.
It’s quick to sign up and when you're accepted it’s simple to arrange shifts, including short shifts, to fit around your Christmas plans on your phone. Even if you can only help over the Christmas period, every pair of hands is much needed and will be hugely appreciated.
If you wish to assist with vaccinations themselves, St John Ambulance is leading a national recruitment drive for non-clinically trained volunteers who can act as patient advocates, post-vaccination observers and volunteer vaccinators.
People recruited to these voluntary positions will receive full training and competency sign off to ensure they can fulfil the duties.