The release of a COVID-19 vaccination is highly anticipated.
When available, it will be our best defence against the virus alongside effective social distancing, wearing a mask and hand hygiene.
With clinical trials progressing well, the NHS across Devon is preparing extensively to be ready to deliver vaccines as soon as they become available.
As part of this they are recruiting heavily, to ensure that the NHS can continue to provide other vital services that we all rely on.
Parliament recently changed the law to allow a wider group of people to undertake training to deliver vaccines, including many allied health professionals, pharmacy and dental professionals, and healthcare scientists – as well as others with first aid qualifications who can complete appropriate training.
On behalf of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, we are now calling on individuals who have experience of vaccinating, or are willing to be trained, to put themselves forward to support the vital next phase in the health service’s COVID-19 response.
There will be a range of paid roles offered on a flexible basis, including outside of usual working hours to fit with other responsibilities. Important non-clinical supporting roles will also be available. In all roles, appropriate training, supervision and PPE will be provided to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and patients.
You may work in a variety of local settings set up to vaccinate eligible groups of people. Briefing and training on the specific COVID-19 vaccines used will be provided.
If you want to help, please register your interest with rde-tr.DevonCovidVaccination@nhs.net and the team will be in touch shortly to explain next steps.
In the meantime, registered vaccinators can get ahead by completing annual training now – either via e-learning or locally provided training.