Johanniter Germany supports the establishment and operation of vaccination centres nationwide, which are intended to protect the population against the COVID-19 virus.
“With our established disaster management structures, we are well prepared to make our contribution to contain the virus,” says Jörg Lüssem, Member of the Federal Board of Johanniter.
In many regions, preparations for the operation of vaccination centres and the provision of mobile vaccination teams are ongoing. All nine regional Johanniter associations are currently involved in the implementation at around 200 locations in Germany.
As an aid organisation, Johanniter Germany has more than 40,000 volunteers. More than 6,000 of them have specialised disaster management training. They are available in 194 civil protection units throughout Germany to take over tasks in situations such as the current Corona pandemic. Read more (in German) here.
St John Ambulance volunteers are supporting the NHS England and NHS Improvement COVID-19 vaccination programme. The first teams were sent in to vaccination centres across the country on Monday January 11.
Recruitment from St John Ambulance’s existing volunteers and employees has been boosted by thousands of people trained in first aid by the charity, with additional capacity coming from partner organisations including the Royal Voluntary Service, which runs the NHS Volunteer Responder programme.
More than 30,000 people have stepped forward to support the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme through St John, so far, and the numbers are rising fast every day. Teams of highly-trained St John Ambulance volunteers will administer injections, support people through the vaccination process and care for people before and after they receive their jabs.
Read more here.