More than 170 new volunteers have signed up to the County Council’s Here2Help service since the start of 2021, with many offering to assist with the mass Covid vaccine roll out.
Here2Help volunteers are being asked to support with symptom checking, conducting temperature checks, as well as directing and monitoring patients after they receive the jab at Covid vaccination clinics.
There have been 172 new offers of help since the start of the year and of these, over three quarters said they wanted to help with vaccinations.
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We’ve seen a surge in the number of people volunteering in the first few weeks of this year which is great to see.
“The Covid vaccination programme is one of the biggest and most anticipated immunisation campaigns in history so I’m not surprised people want to be involved and help out.
“A big thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far.”
Council staff are currently working with Clinical Commissioning Groups and Primary Care Networks supporting Worcestershire’s effort to deliver the Covid vaccination programme.
Nicky Redshaw, PCN Operations Manager at Worcester City Primary Care Network, said: “Here2Help volunteers have been a huge help as we rollout the COVID-19 vaccine in Worcester.
“We’re grateful to every single one of the volunteers who’ve joined us and we look forward to continuing our work with them as this programme continues.”
Almost 4,600 people have contacted Here2Help asking for support since it was launched by Worcestershire County Council back in March 2020. Requests to offer help is now up to 2,211.
Here2Help’s opening hours remain Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm. The service is closed over weekends and bank holidays.
Here2Help has been one of the real success stories to come from the Coronavirus pandemic and something the county can really be proud of.
To sign up to help, go to the Here2Help website and complete the online form under the ‘Register as a volunteer’ section.
The Council is looking for volunteers who are not over the age of 70, are not medically vulnerable and/or those who are not instructed to get a free NHS flu jab on medical grounds.
All the usual categories are still on the form but a new ‘Covid Vaccination Clinics’ option has been added if people want to sign up specifically to help out at those clinics.