Vaccine centre 'left short' as volunteers return to work

12th April 2021

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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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