Vaccinator volunteers to be trained at The Amex

Posted On 12 Jan 2021 at 5:02 pm

People who’ve signed up to volunteer as vaccinators will be trained by St John Ambulance at the Amex stadium this weekend.

Three new vaccination centres in Brighton and Hove opened this week, and the Brighton Centre should be open for mass vaccinations by the end of the month.

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership, which is co-ordinating the vaccination programme, is also starting “roving” vaccinations so people can get the jab in their own homes if they can’t get to a centre.

Brighton and Hove Albion FC chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said: “We are delighted to be able to help with the national effort to get the population vaccinated by providing several of our hospitality areas for socially distanced vaccination training for local volunteers.

“We have space inside the Amex for St John Ambulance personnel to safely deliver training to approximately 200 volunteers this weekend, who are then ready to go into the community to administer the vaccine across Sussex.

“We have been committed to supporting the NHS, St John Ambulance and other key healthcare workers in any way we can throughout the pandemic and as we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel, we will do everything we possibly can to support the national effort to get there.”

St John Ambulance regional manager Trevor Moss said: “We have a number of new and existing volunteers who will be given extensive training; they will then be ready to support the NHS in the brilliant job they are already doing.

“The newly trained volunteers will be able to administer the vaccine, as well as provide support to people as they go through the process of a vaccination. Our aim is to have trained volunteers ready to help as those centres open across the county.”

Albion have continued to support the NHS and healthcare services in their effort to tackle the global pandemic.

In April the Amex was used as a mass testing centre, with capacity to test up to 1500 people per day; while the stadium and training facility have been used by the NHS for storage and training purposes.

During the first lockdown a significant five-figure donation was made from the Albion As One fund to NHS trusts across Sussex.

At the start of the crisis the club committed 1,000 match tickets for NHS staff once the pandemic is over and it is safe for fans to return to watch football.

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