NHS workers across the vaccination centres in Hampshire have said a big 'thank you' to all the volunteers who have helped roll-out the programme.
Since the COVID-19 vaccination programme started in December, the role volunteers are playing has been crucial to the success in hitting the milestone of offering the vaccination to some of the most vulnerable residents.
To say thank you a range of NHS colleagues, from GPs to administrative staff, have come together to record a short video to praise the phenomenal efforts of volunteers. You can watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mixheb4iwlw
Dr Tim Cooper, GP and vaccination lead for North Hampshire said: "At the Hampshire Court Hotel we are administering vaccinations 7 days a week and this would not be possible without our army of volunteers. From helping in the car park to administering hand sanitizer and ensuring our patients are in the right place at the right time, our volunteers are always there with a smile on their face to help everyone feel at ease.”
"Our volunteers have helped the NHS achieve the amazing milestone of offering a vaccine to so many of our most vulnerable residents.
"All of your contributions have undoubtedly helped us to set up and run our vaccination clinics at such an incredibly fast, yet, safe way.
"Personally I would like to say a massive thank you. We could not have done it without you and I hope you will continue to offer your help and support with the rest of the programme.”
Scores of volunteers have supported the delivery of the biggest vaccination programmes in the history of the NHS in a number of different ways, including marshalling and in 'meet and greet' roles.
More than 96 per cent of all over 80s have already been vaccinated across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and teams continue to work hard to continue delivering the programme.