More volunteers are desperately needed to support a mobile vaccination service across Colchester.
Community360 (C360) are supporting various local sites across Colchester with the COVID-19 vaccination programme and are looking for volunteers to support this, as the NHS attempts to vaccinate as many people as possible over the summer period.
They have been asked to support the vaccine bus team in the Colchester area. The bus will travel to various locations such as superstores, colleges and at large events.
Tracy Rudling, CEO of Community360 said: “We find ourselves at a crucial moment in the vaccination rollout. There is a real urgency to this, and we are working at pace to get all adults vaccinated as fast as possible. The Vaccine Bus will help to reach communities and those who may be hesitant to take the vaccine or don’t have time to keep to a set appointment.”
She added: “There is a need for flexible volunteers, we particularly need help at weekends. If you can help by joining the team, please do not hesitate to contact us, we need your help. From April to Jun this year we have recruited 108 volunteers and supported the vaccine team to administer 15,669 vaccinations. So, please help us to continue with this amazing service, together we can get the jabs done.”
As a volunteer you will be tasked with different roles in supporting the team such as, queue marshalling, post vaccination area support and approaching the public within the area of the bus encouraging them to have their vaccine.
Liz Moloney, who leads the COVID19 vaccination programme for the Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System, said: “The vaccination programme in Suffolk and north east Essex remains one of the best performing in the country.
“Everyone involved has done a brilliant job in ensuring as many people as possible get immunised against the virus, in particular the public-spirited volunteers who have taken up supporting roles. We couldn’t have done it without them.
“At this stage of the vaccination programme we are organising a wide variety of pop-up and walk-in clinics to encourage take-up. The SOS Bus is key to ensuring the vaccine is available to all who are eligible.
“Now more than ever we would appreciate the help of local people to welcome people to the clinics, to marshal queues and to provide support to those who have just been vaccinated.
“I would urge anyone who can spare some time to help us to come forward and be part of our great team, even if it’s just for a few hours a week.”
The Bus has a normal operating time of 10am-4pm but this can vary depending on the location.
Full details on the roles and how to apply can be found at:
Ryan Doggett, Community360 with the Vaccination Bus