Sussex Health and Care Partnership has launched ‘Jabvent’ this week to celebrate the thousands of people who have been involved in the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.
The programme started nationally and for Sussex on 08 December 2020 and to date more than 3 million vaccinations have been given to people across our communities. This includes 1,356,283 first doses, 1,258,921 second doses, and 533,670 booster doses.
Thousands of people have been involved in the programme from vaccinators to booking teams, to administrators, volunteers at sites and transport providers to help get people to their appointments.
Jabvent will celebrate the people behind the programme and tell their story – both those involved in the programme and also the people who have received the vaccine and what it means to them.
Michael Beaman is one of the programme’s Vaccination Champions, working in our communities to share information and advise people about how they can get their vaccine.
Michael said: “‘I became involved as a Vaccines Champion because I used to be a pharmacist and had also worked in public health. Having had that background I understood the importance of vaccines and their effectiveness and safety to the population.”
Anne Streeter, is 74 and lives in Patcham. She retired from the NHS in 2014 after 43 years’ service and has been part of the team at the vaccination centre in Brighton.
Anne said: “When I saw the advertisement on Facebook for stewards at the vaccination centre, I didn’t think twice about applying.
“I knew instantly that it was something I wanted to do. I read the role description and thought, ‘I can do this!’
“Volunteering means choosing to work – and the best thing I can offer is my time. Volunteering helps me feel I am part of something outside my friends and family, and gives me a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.
“I wanted to be involved with the vaccination programme and volunteering was a way that I could be part of this ground-breaking project.”
You can be part of Jabvent and tell your story – why is the vaccine important to you and what difference has it made to you? Share your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org