Responsive Volunteering during COVID-19

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Bringing back some of the more senior volunteers

Thank you to Elizabeth Pollard, Volunteer Coordinator at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust for sharing her document: CORONAVIRUS - Staff and Volunteer Health Risk Assessment Form(opens in a new tab).

In the document there is a link to the Alama site, which you access to calculate your covid age, there’s this paragraph:

Currently available data do not allow detailed quantitative assessment of how reductions in risk differ according to these variables, or how they are apportioned between lower rates of infection and lower vulnerability once infection has occurred. It appears, however, that on average among people of working age, previous infection or a single dose of the Oxford Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer or Moderna vaccine will provide protection in excess of 80% against mortality from variants of SARS-CoV-2 that are currently dominant in the UK. Moreover, that protection will last for months or longer, and can be enhanced by further vaccination. It corresponds to a relative risk of 0.2 or lower, equivalent to a reduction in Covid-age of at least 18 years.

We suggest that to account for this reduction in risk, it would be reasonable in most cases to shift a previously infected/vaccinated individual down by one stratum of vulnerability – for example, from ‘very high’ to ‘high’ or from ‘high’ to ‘moderate’

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Vaccine centre 'left short' as volunteers return to work

Covid-19 vaccination centres could be "left short" as volunteers return to regular work, a pharmacist has warned.

Almost half of the 30 volunteers at the Boyatt Pharmacy vaccination centre in Eastleigh, Hampshire, are set to return to their jobs as restrictions ease.

Pharmacist Bhavini Patel said she would have to recruit more volunteers to maintain the current volume of jabs.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society said it was "confident" that there were sufficient volunteer numbers overall.

The national roll out of vaccinations has been helped by an army of volunteers who have helped with logistics, stewarding and administration at Covid-19 vaccination centres.

Hannah Lewis trained as a volunteer vaccinator at the Boyatt Pharmacy vaccination centre when her beauty salon closed during the lockdown.

With her business able to reopen from 12 April, she said she had "mixed emotions" at cutting back on her volunteering duties.

"I really felt I was doing something worthwhile.

"I'm happy going back to work, but I'm going to miss being at the vaccination centre."

"It's going to be tough to keep the volume of volunteers going."

Full article can be read here.

This risk of volunteers shortage has been addressed at one of the webinars in February. To learn more, please click here.

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NHS England: advice regarding NHS volunteers relating to COVID-19

An updated version of the advice regarding NHS volunteers has just been published by NHS England & NHS Improvement. The changes are highlighted in the guidance in yellow and include:

  • A reminder that government guidance continues to permit volunteering where it can be done safely. NHSEI does not recommend that all volunteer services are suspended but rather that risks should be managed appropriately.
  • A clearer explanation about who can volunteer at this time. For example, volunteers who are over 70 but not ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ are permitted to volunteer outside the home, as long as risk management protocols are in place.
  • Recruiting and onboarding volunteers: we’ve included updated links to DBS information, information governance advice, indemnity and passporting.
  • Covid-19 testing: A reminder that volunteers in patient-facing roles are eligible for testing, alongside all other essential workers.
  • Covid-19 vaccination: All NHS volunteers who are in contact with patients are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine alongside other frontline health and care workers.

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This comms pack has been produced by DCMS to support you in sharing and disseminating information about COVID-19 vaccines through your networks. The pack includes:

  • Guidance and basic explanations you can use answering ‘What is a vaccine?’

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This guidance from OurPlymouth covers the induction process for volunteer stewards at vaccination sites and includes a volunteer agreement template.

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This group was formed to support volunteer leaders with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Within this area you’ll find advice, guidance and an opportunity to share and learn emerging practices from over 500 network colleagues.

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