Volunteers give over 100,000 hours to Lancashire and South Cumbria's Covid-19 vaccination programme

Volunteers have given over 100,000 hours to Lancashire and South Cumbria's Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Volunteers have been helping out at over 30 different community vaccination clinics and 7 mass vaccination centres across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

The marshals help patients find their way through the site - from directing them to a parking space, checking they have an appointment, managing the queues and helping them to exit sites safely after their vaccination.

Paul Stanford, a volunteer marshal at AFC Fylde vaccination site said: "Being a volunteer marshal at the vaccination centres over the past few months has been very enjoyable.

"Meeting and working alongside the many other volunteers and professionals, to help greet and process members of the public, has allowed us all to contribute towards the safe, efficient and successful running of the vaccination sites."

Jane Scattergood, Senior Responsible Officer for Lancashire and South Cumbria Vaccination Programme, said: "Thanks to these volunteers, and the many existing NHS staff who have trained to deliver vaccines or perform other important roles, the NHS has had enough people to roll out the vaccine programme at pace to our local population.

Ms Scattergood added: "We do need more volunteers for the next phase so if you can spare a few hours a week please sign up - it's a great thing to do."

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