Two team members at Bluebird Care Leeds North have trained as volunteer vaccinators to help administer Covid-19 vaccines in the local community.
Sophie Lowndes and Sheree Jenman (pictured left to right) wanted to ensure as many local people as possible received the vaccine, after seeing first-hand the effects that the pandemic has had on the community, including loneliness and isolation.
To qualify as vaccinators, the two team members underwent a thorough recruitment process, including reference and DBS checks. Following successful interviews, they completed three days of e-learning and they were educated about the science behind the Covid-19 vaccine.
The team members then attended a full day practical course with St John Ambulance in Wakefield, where they learnt about the clinical aspect of administering the vaccine. They also received more in-depth training on customer care.
Sophie and Sheree are now fully trained to administer vaccines at mass vaccination centres.
Sophie, a Care Manager at Bluebird Care Leeds North, said: “I am excited to be involved in the roll out of the vaccine and I have developed some interesting clinical skills too.”
Sheree, director of Bluebird Care Leeds North, added: “It is wonderful to see how relieved Bluebird Care Leeds North customers have been to receive their vaccines. We decided we wanted go the extra mile to help our local community, so two of decided to train as vaccinators.
“It is so important that we do our best to maximise protection for everyone and we are hopeful that this is the first step towards normality.”