Primary Care Wirral (PCW) are supporting local PCNs in the recruitment of clinical staff and volunteers as part of the Wirral NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Service.
The federation will support local GP Networks in facilitating access to healthcare students and retired clinicians interested in working as part of Wirral’s Covid-19 Vaccination Team.
Local PCNs started administering the Pfizer/BioNTech jab at designated sites from December 15, however more practices/sites will join on a phased basis in the coming weeks.
To expand the Covid-19 Vaccination Team and reduce pressure on General Practice staff, PCW is launching an appeal to medical or nursing students interested in working in the immunisation service.
Students will be recruited by PCW and managed within their corresponding PCN vaccination teams, where they will be supervised and assigned appropriate roles for their levels of clinical experience and competence.
Participation in the programme will require students to undertake the necessary immunisation training, as well as several Covid-19 specific modules.
The appeal extends to any retired clinicians who would like to support the vaccination service.
To guarantee the smooth and quick delivery of the vaccine to the most vulnerable individuals in the community, Wirral requires a substantial number of people to help with stewarding at the different vaccination centres across the peninsula.
Volunteers will be recruited by Community Action Wirral and managed on-site by their corresponding PCN vaccination teams.
The initial phase of the vaccination campaign will see patients aged 80 and above being the first to receive the jab, with additional cohorts added to the programme in 2021.
With an increasing volume of patients and the requirement to receive two doses to complete the vaccination, “the support of local volunteers will be crucial during the coming months”, said Natalie Young-Calvert, PCW’s Chief Officer.
“Our neighbours have demonstrated their generosity and willingness to help during the pandemic by volunteering, supporting vulnerable people in isolation and donating or building protective equipment.
“The Covid-19 Vaccination Programme is one of the most important moments in the history of NHS Primary Care services in Wirral and we know the people of Wirral will make it a success”.
If you are a healthcare student or retired clinician available to work in the Wirral NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Service, please fill this contact form.