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Getting You Started Guide - Volunteer Patient Advocate

NHS England and NHS Improvement have asked St John Ambulance to support its mass vaccination programme. 

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, St John’s highly skilled volunteers have already given hundreds of thousands of hours of their time, supporting the NHS in caring for patients on board ambulances, in hospitals and as part of vital community projects, such as this year’s seasonal flu vaccinations.  

All of that work continues, and the charity has now been tasked with training thousands of volunteers ready to administer COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as they are available. 

Between now and spring 2021, they have plans to train more than 30,000 volunteers. Using their longstanding expertise, they will empower people like you to deliver these vital jabs and take care of people before and after they receive them.

There are 3 roles specific to the vaccination programme: 

  • Volunteer Vaccinator
  • Vaccination Care Volunteer
  • Volunteer Patient Advocate 

Some people, specifically the Volunteer Vaccinators, will be able to give vaccinations, but others are there to support people as they go through the process of having the flu or COVID-19 vaccination.

Print entire guide Page last reviewed: 13 January 2021

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