Published: 18 September 2020
Because the complications of having both flu and Covid in the population are unknown, the risk to overwhelming the NHS and the symptoms of both have some similarities, there is a need to ensure good uptake of the flu vaccine this year. The vaccine is being expanded to be offered to more groups this winter. The bulk of the vaccination programme is undertaken by GPs and for many people, that is the route by which they will receive it.
However there is a second pilot programme to help take the pressure off GPs where possible, as well as front line health and care staff to receive their vaccinations, by running 3 or possibly more drive-thru vaccination centres. The nearest one for us is at the Eden Project.
The volunteers will meet/greet, check in, marshal patients around the site to the vaccination stations, and then check up before people leave.
Booking will be online and vaccinations begin from 1 October for those aged 65+ and then those aged 50+ from November. The clinicians on site will perform the actual vaccinations and there will be on-site wellbeing facilities and all covid safe procedures followed. There will be no close contact with patients and the work is outside in the fresh air. The greatest need for volunteer support is on the sites, but there are also opportunities to volunteer in the all centre to take bookings for patients who do not have access/don't use the internet. This will be Monday - Friday 8.00 - 1.00 in Truro. Here is the link to public health to find out more