NATWEST and Mecca Bingo owner Rank Group are the latest leading firms to back The Sun’s Jabs Army.
It comes as the number of people signing up to our campaign hit an amazing 48,000, with the first group of our volunteers going on duty today.
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We are now just 2,000 shy of our 50,000 target, set when we launched the Jabs Army appeal on New Year’s Day.
Bosses at NatWest are encouraging its 45,000 staff to sign up as stewards to help with the running of vaccination centres around the country.
CEO Alison Rose said the success of the programme to get 15million Brits vaccinated by March was “vital not just for our health, but for our economy and our quality of life”.
She added: “Now, more than ever, we must help the NHS in the fight.”
And Rank Group is urging its 6,000 staff to get involved and has offered its 50 giant car parks as vaccination sites.
How to sign up
VOLUNTEERS for the Jabs Army are being asked to first register online at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
You will then receive an email with log-in details to sign up online.
Finally, you will be asked to download the GoodSAM app on a smartphone 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.
CEO John O’Reilly called the move a “brilliant collaboration with The Sun” and “something we’re very proud to be a part of”.
He added: “Our venues and teams offer a familiarity that lend themselves ideally to being used for the vaccine roll-out.”
Dozens of firms are supporting, including BT, Sky, British Airways and John Lewis.
SAFETY for our Jab Army volunteers is paramount.
Here we answer your questions about how you will be protected while working as a Steward Volunteer in a vaccine centre:
When I do my voluntary duty will I be safe from catching Covid?
Volunteer and patient safety is the NHS and Royal Voluntary Services’ top priority.
While is no upper age limit for volunteering but being a Steward Volunteer is a frontline role and is not for anyone who is in a medium or high-risk category.
Team leaders will ensure volunteers have the correct equipment to keep them safe at all times and social distancing will be in place throughout volunteer shifts.
There are lots of other volunteering roles available on the website.
Will I be asked to wear PPE?
Yes, the safety of volunteers is extremely important and you will be provided with appropriate PPE at the vaccination centres by your team leader.
Will I come in direct contact with patients?
One of the key jobs of our Steward Volunteers is to make sure people queuing up to receive their jabs are keeping to a safe social distance.
This is also includes yourself, so, where possible you will be two metres away from patients and other volunteers.
What training will I be given?
You will be provided with a comprehensive ‘Getting You Started guide’ to explain everything that is required on site.
As this is a non-clinical role, no specific training is required and once you arrive on site, team leaders will take you through a site introduction and briefing.
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