Volunteers praised for ‘invaluable’ contribution to vaccination rollout

Volunteers praised for ‘invaluable’ contribution to vaccination rollout

by Henry James (June 2021)

VOLUNTEERS across West Lancashire have been praised for their ‘invaluable’ contribution to the Covid-19 vaccination rollout.

The North West Vaccine Heroes campaign has launched, celebrating the role of all staff and volunteers who have given their time to assist in the NHS’s largest vaccination drive in history.

More than one million people across the Lancashire and South Cumbria region have received at least a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. In West Lancashire, the latest figures show more than 70,000 have received a first jab.

Vaccination is taking place at four sites across West Lancashire. There are GP-led vaccination sites at: Birleywood Health Centre (Skelmersdale), The Old People’s Club (Burscough) and Hants Lane Clinic (Ormskirk), as well as a pharmacy-led site at Edge Hill University.

Volunteers have been a central part of the programme, giving up thousands of hours of their own time.

In Ormskirk clinical lead for the Hants Lane Clinic site, Dr Darran Harris, welcomed a group of volunteers for a socially-distanced lunch on Tuesday (May 18) as a mark of thanks and appreciation for their efforts so far.

The clinic has administered more than 28,000 doses so far, aided by volunteers who have helped with a range of tasks to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the site.

Dr Harris, also a local GP at Aughton Surgery, said: “Put simply, we would not have been able to run these clinics without our committed team of volunteers and I know this is the same for the other sites across West Lancashire, whether it be working on the operational running of the site or providing a friendly welcome for elderly patients who weren’t otherwise able to leave home due to shielding in the earlier days of the programme.”

Jane Dunn, a volunteer at Ormskirk and retired former NHS worker, has contributed more than 300 hours of her own time to help with the running at Hants Lane.

The theme of dedicated volunteers has been consistent across West Lancashire. At the Old People’s Club in Burscough the 29th Ormskirk Scout Group, led by Brian Smith, have been instrumental in the Covid-19 rollout for residents in the Northern Parishes, providing logistical and on-the-ground support.

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