St John Ambulance confirmed that it had been contacted to train volunteers to administer the Coronavirus vaccine.
Last month, the rules for who can give the vaccine were extended to include independent nurses, allied healthcare professionals, paramedics, physiotherapists, pharmacists, student nurses and doctors.
At the time, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “These legal changes will help us do everything we can to make sure we are ready to launch a safe and effective system. Covid-19 The vaccine, as soon as it passes clinical trials and undergoes strict checks by the regulatory body. “
Yet the Daily Mail says it has seen leaked plans for volunteers with no prior medical experience to be trained to administer injections and possibly deal with any immediate adverse reactions.
She says the leaked documents indicate that the only criteria required are that the volunteer be between 18 and 69 years old, have at least two or more A-levels or equivalent, be at risk of contracting COVID-19 and be prepared to submit to the reference. Check.
She points out that the laws governing vaccination have been amended again to include “persons who are not registered in the field of health care.”
Emphasizing that he has been asked to train additional volunteers from vaccinations, Richard Lee, chief operations officer at St. John Ambulance, said: “During the COVID-9 pandemic, St. John’s volunteers have given hundreds of thousands of hours of their time, to support the NHS in caring for patients in cars. Ambulance, hospitals, and as part of vital community projects such as seasonal influenza vaccines for this year, and this work continues. “
He continued, “St John Ambulance is proud to have been asked to support NHS staff in preparing to introduce the COVID-19 vaccine program when one of them becomes available.
“Our role includes providing vaccinators within the new regulations put in place by the government and providing formal training from Public Health England, in addition to recruiting several thousand others in patient-facing support roles, such as patient advocates and paramedics at vaccination sites.”
In addition to Vaccination volunteers, St John Ambulance is also recruiting “Vaccination Sponsorship Volunteers”.
The role includes: “Supporting patients before or after vaccination, providing reassurance and potential handling of medical emergencies.”
Like vaccine volunteers, applicants should be between 18 and 69 years old, have a lower risk of contracting Covid-19 and undergo reference checks.
Mr Hancock said last week that The military and NHS staff were on guard To bring up a file Covid-19 The vaccine will start in December and will work “seven days a week.”
He told Sky News that the NHS was leading the way in getting the A vaccine for those who need it most As soon as possible, though, most people won’t get an injection until 2021.
He said that it will be delivered through care homes, general practitioners and pharmacists, in addition to “go to” vaccination centers set up in places such as gyms.
Dr Richard Futry, chair of the British Medical Association General Practitioner Committee in England, said the practices would be “ready” to deliver a vaccine, with clinics potentially operating from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.
Hopes were raised that a vaccine for COVID-19 could soon be launched, as announcements were raised from drug companies Pfizer and Moderna about successful trials of candidate vaccines.