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St Peter’s School, York, has been presented with a plaque from St John Ambulance in recognition of its outstanding contribution in support of Covid Vaccinator Volunteer Training.
St Peter’s School was selected as a Covid Vaccination Training Centre by St John Ambulance earlier this year as part of the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. The first aid and health charity was asked by NHS England to set up Covid Vaccination Training Centres across the UK, to enable volunteers to be trained to administer vaccinations.
St Peter’s School provided four ventilated training rooms during the national lockdown in February, enabling St John Ambulance to train 450 volunteers in just four weeks.
Since the training programme began, St John Ambulance has trained more than 30,000 vaccination volunteers nationwide. The charity's volunteers have given more than 280,000 hours of their time to the vaccination programme, including delivering injections and caring for people before and after they receive their jabs.
Peter Ashton, Vaccination Site Lead for York, said: “We are immensely grateful to St Peter’s School for generously offering their facilities for the Covid Vaccination Training Programme. The 450 people who were trained at St Peter’s have now been deployed to administer vaccines in York and more widely across Yorkshire and Teesside.”
Jeremy Walker, Head Master of St Peter’s School, said: “I am so glad we were able to support St John Ambulance and huge thanks to all the volunteers for their amazing work. It was wonderful to meet so many inspiring volunteers and play a small part in helping the rapid rollout of the vaccination programme.”
Since the pandemic struck, St John Ambulance volunteers have been working tirelessly in hospitals, as emergency ambulance crews, in vital community projects, and as vaccination volunteers in more than 200 locations. The charity’s volunteers have given more than half a million hours of their time supporting the nation’s health over the last year.