As part of our overall response to the pandemic, AHSN staff have used their clinical and research skills – or have volunteered – to help with the major roll out of the vaccination at their local centres. Read more here about Geoff, Rob, Michael, and Nadia’s work.
Geoff – vaccinator extraordinaire
Geoff Cooper, patient safety programme manager, volunteered to support his vaccination centre, and worked on a one-day-a-week basis.
As a nurse, Geoff is able to work as a clinical vaccinator, and has been vaccinating just over 100 people a day. As of April 2021, the centre he works at is approaching a total of 20,000 people vaccinated.
Geoff said: “It’s great to be working clinically with the public again.”
Dr Rob – trial site support
Rob said: “Initially, I spent quite a lot of time looking at different buildings in commercial, local authority, and NHS spaces across Southampton and Bournemouth, and later Portsmouth; working out costs, suitable people flow, accessibility for participants, while also working with the University of Southampton - who were fantastic in offering some of their facilities - to provide the studies with temporary accommodation.”
Michael and Nadia – vaccine volunteers
Nadia, who has mostly been helping guide people around the large site, said: “Once the attendees have had their jab, I give a little cheer, they cheer back, and sometimes they want to pause for a chat. I listen to them tell me how they cannot wait to see their grandchildren, how the jab did not hurt in the slightest, how they will see me again in a few weeks.”
Michael, who has been primarily working inside the vaccine centre, “Mostly, my job has been to direct people to available staff for their pre-vaccine assessments. I usually manage seven or eight assessment rooms - helping people get quickly through the process, and then safely onto the area where they receive the vaccine.”