In light of the nationwide lockdown and the lack of a definitive end date for it, as practitioners, it’s good to put your skills to use in becoming a volunteer vaccinator. Now that the vaccine is being rolled out and the country doesn’t have enough working vaccinators to meet the volume of people in need of it, volunteering to be a vaccinator is a no-brainer, especially for out-of-work practitioners. The country’s top priority should be to curb the spread of the virus as quickly and efficiently as possible, and that can happen if practitioners (new, seasoned, and semi-retired—everyone counts) help the NHS with the vaccine rollout in any way possible.
Luckily, the government has a volunteer program in place to help make this a reality.
According to the NHS, here are the available opportunities for prospective volunteers:
- Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Vaccinator
- Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Registered Health Care Professional (Immunisations)
- Covid-19 Vaccination Programme RHCP Clinical Supervisor (Immunisations)
If you need to double-check if you’re qualified to be volunteer vaccinator, here’s what the NHS is looking for:
- You do not need to be a current NHS healthcare professional, as full training will be provided.
- Please note, you will need healthcare experience for the Healthcare Professional and Clinical Supervisor roles – only vaccine specific training is provided.
- You will need to show commitment and willingness to complete the appropriate learning and development courses as required, to demonstrate the right capabilities for the positions. This will include vaccine training, administration training and NHS statutory and mandatory training.
- Working as part of a team (including experienced clinicians) and as a strong communicator with good people skills, you will be able to discuss relevant information with service users, displaying empathy and reassurance at all times.
- You will also be expected to maintain and record accurate documentation of interactions between clients, colleagues, and other relevant agencies to ensure the smooth running of the service.
If you’re sure you can apply to be a volunteer, read these last few stipulations from the NHS:
- If you currently work for the NHS (substantively, via NHS Professionals, another bank provider or an agency) please do NOT apply. There will be an opportunity for you to support the vaccination programme but these roles will be available to you via your current NHS Trust who will be in touch at the appropriate time.
- If you have medical or healthcare experience that you feel is relevant but is not specifically referred to within the list of acceptable Registered Health Care Professionals you should apply for the Vaccinator level role.
- If you are not educated to NVQ Level 3/A-Level standard but have demonstrable and significant work experience in a healthcare setting we would like you to apply, but you will only be eligible for a Vaccinator level role.
- These roles are based in England. We can accept applications from individuals who do not live in England. Workers must live within a commutable distance of vaccination sites in England.
- If you realise you have made a mistake on your application after submission, please delete your profile and resubmit. Please note it may take up to 24 hours for your incorrect profile to be deleted before you can fill it in again and resubmit.
If you want to apply as a vaccinator, click here.
If you want to apply as a health care professional, click here.
If you want to apply as a clinical supervisor, click here.
For more information, check out these helpful resources: