The vaccination effort has undoubtedly been one of the UK's greatest successes. Against the odds, we're on course to offer first doses to every adult before the end of July. When you turn up at the vaccine centre, you might assume that the person taking your name, the person telling you where to sanitise your hands, the person actually giving the vaccine and the person keeping an eye on you once it is all done, are all being paid. In reality, many people with no medical experience have given up hours of their time to make sure the operation runs smoothly. The call for volunteers was so successful, the NHS had to suspend recruitment as they already had more than enough. Many joined through St John Ambulance, who now estimate more than 330,000 volunteering hours have been put into the effort to date. Over 30,000 people have been trained by the charity to help the operation, including actually giving vaccinations, after the government revised the Human Medicines Regulations to allow more people to be trained to give the jabs. Lucy Aerts, 37, from London, was already volunteering with St John Ambulance when the call for vaccinators went out. She tells… Read full this story
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