Prepared by Karen Whittaker, Clinical Supervisor; Liz Heap and Jo Campbell, Registered Healthcare Professionals, St John’s Mass Vaccination Centre.
In February 2021 a team of health care professionals and many others from a range of sectors, including the travel industry, education, nutrition, aesthetics, bioscience and veterinary medicine came together to form a COVID mass vaccination team. This diverse team works from the St John’s mass vaccination centre, located in Preston City Centre and LTHTr satellite sites at Chorley and Royal Preston Hospitals. Along with sharing a range of skills that have enabled the establishment of a successful vaccination programme, this ‘crafty crew’ has shared their expertise in sewing, crocheting, knitting, card making and baking to make a range of things ready for fund raising, e.g. vaccinator badges, yellow and blue flowered broaches for Ukraine and Rudolf Christmas cards with recycled vaccine vial tops. These ‘vaccs of kindness’ have resulted in over £1,500 for charities, specifically Action Aid, NHS Charities, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and more recently Preston and South Ribble Street Pastors.
They continue to be ready to respond to the national covid vaccination programme, offering a centre based facility which also accommodates international registrations and a roving team that can reach into specific areas of the community. This flexible service for residents of Lancashire and beyond has to date, provided over 150,000 doses of either Astra Zeneca (up until Sept 2021), Pfizer Comirnaty and Moderna Spikevax covid vaccine.