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Vaccine volunteers: 'It's felt good to fight back against Covid'
« en: Enero 22, 2021, 05:06:49 a. m. »
Vaccine volunteers: 'It's felt good to fight back against Covid'



Almost five million people in the UK have now received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine - thanks to an army of more than 80,000 volunteers and NHS
workers who have been trained to give the jabs.

Many of the vaccine volunteers have had no previous medical training and come from all walks of life. So why did they sign up? And how does it feel to stick
a needle into a stranger's arm?

The Tesco delivery driver
Callum Finnegan, 23, has been juggling his 40-hour week as a Tesco delivery driver with giving Covid jabs at Manchester's Etihad tennis centre.
A St John Ambulance volunteer, he completed extensive online and face-to-face training, which included practising administering jabs on silicon arms before
giving them to patients. He says he'd never given an injection before.

The biomedical science graduate wanted to get involved in the vaccination effort as soon as the call was put out and says he feels "grateful and privileged"
to be helping the rollout - an effort he hopes will save as many lives as possible.

The IT manager
Kate Donaghy, who runs an IT team for a travel company, was inspired to train as a vaccinator after seeing the impact of the disease first hand.
A St John Ambulance volunteer for four years, Kate, 28, spent time at a London hospital last year helping to care for recovering Covid patients -
before volunteering at an A&E department.

After seeing just how desperate the situation was, she switched her focus to becoming a vaccinator. "I just thought how can we stop this happening to
people in the first place? If we can vaccinate people, that feels like a better way forward to solve the problem, and a great use of my time."

The dentist
Dr Andy Bates, a 57-year-old dentist from North Yorkshire, recently gave his first vaccinations at Long Lee surgery, in Keighley. He is used to giving injections -
albeit in the mouth - but he says helping to protect people against this virus "did feel good - it felt good to be fighting back".

Dr Bates is working as a paid vaccinator alongside a four-day week at his dental practice. He says both roles have served as a reminder that he could be
the first person a patient has seen for months. And he says his day job - particularly calming people who are nervous about lying back in his dentist's chair -
has helped him.

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