ON Monday, we published our plan to vaccinate as many people, as quickly as possible, across the UK.
This is a huge logistical challenge but we are already making strong progress.
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More than two million people in England have been vaccinated so far, including more than a quarter of care home residents and a third of over-80s.
More than 1,000 vaccination sites are open across the country and we will soon be protecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people every single day.
We’re on track to offer 15million of the most vulnerable people the jab by mid-February and then to all adults over 50 by spring.
But this will be the biggest vaccination campaign in NHS history — and a monumental national effort such as this requires each one of us to do what we can to help.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is a brilliant example of the power of collective action.
It has already inspired companies and workplaces up and down the country to join the call to arms.
So today, I call on everyone who has the time to join the legions of volunteers already signed up and to boost volunteer numbers further still.
CHALLENGING WEEKS HEAD
That includes public sector workers of all stripes who have kept essential services running during the pandemic and the dedicated and hard-working civil servants serving the public every day.
There are deeply challenging weeks ahead.
Covid cases are putting huge pressure on the health service.
We are once again demanding everyone stay at home in order to stop its spread and protect our NHS.
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.
But every day, vaccines move a step further ahead in their race with the virus; a further step towards protecting the public, and defeating Covid.
Volunteers will accelerate our vaccination programme.
So sign up if you can and help the country return to normal life again.
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