Big-hearted Sun readers pledge to give 500k hours of their time to Jabs Army as more big firms join the call
BIG-hearted Sun readers have already pledged to give nearly 500,000 hours of their time a month to the Jabs Army.
Just two weeks after we launched our campaign to find volunteer stewards to work at vaccination centres all over the country, an astonishing 41,000 of you have signed up.
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We have teamed up with the Royal Voluntary Service to find 50,000 volunteers to give two six-hour shifts a month.
And yesterday, more leading firms backed the campaign by urging their staff to sign up.
They included Metro Bank plus retailers The Body Shop and Smiggle.
Credit ratings agency Experian and investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown also got behind the effort to immunise the nation.
Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
They join dozens of Britain’s best known businesses encouraging staff to volunteer.
And Jabs Army was yesterday hailed by The Sun’s Doctor of the Year, GP Matt Boulter, who is part of a medical team vaccinating 650 people a day in Penzance, Cornwall.
Matt said: “Morale is boosted with every vaccine we deliver and by every volunteer who has given up their time.”
Sun reader Antony Isgate is among those waiting to be given their first shift.
Antony, 39, working from home during lockdown, said: “My neighbour is in her 80s and she has just had the vaccine and she was so delighted.
"To be able to help other people like her get their life back is an honour.
“Well done to The Sun. It was very easy to sign up. I am raring to go.”
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.
Go to nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
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