The NHS in Sussex is on the hunt for thousands of potential vaccinators and volunteers to help protect millions of people from COVID-19 quickly when a safe and effective vaccine becomes available.
The country’s top clinicians have penned an open letter urging their fellow nurses, medics and other health professionals – including students and the recently retired – to help ensure the NHS can run large-scale vaccination clinics without impacting on other vital services.
The new campaign follows a landmark agreement between NHS leaders and England’s GPs to enlist the expertise of practice teams in every community across the country, with a similar deal with community pharmacists in the pipeline. NHS staff are also expected to be drafted in from hospital, community and ambulance trusts where doing so will not affect patient care, but thousands more will be needed to ensure the health service can vaccinate millions of people quickly when supplies are available.
By bolstering its workforce the NHS will be able to offer the public potentially life-saving protection from coronavirus in a range of locations, focusing on the most at-risk groups first, at the same time as keeping A&Es, GP services and operations going.Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider for the vaccination programme across the county and will be responsible for co-ordinating and managing the programme, as well as some of the delivery alongside GPs. The first phase of work is the recruitment of trained and trainee vaccinators.
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