Update on the NHS COVID-19 vaccine team
The NHS was the first health system in the world to roll out a clinically-approved, safe and effective vaccine in December 2020, and since then we have been working to deliver it to those who would benefit, through more than 1,600 individual vaccination services.
We are grateful to the tens of thousands who applied and trained for a paid or voluntary role as part of this programme, thousands of whom have already started playing their part.
Thanks to them, and the many existing NHS staff who have trained to deliver vaccines or perform other important roles, the NHS has had enough people to deliver vaccines as quickly as supplies allow.
As a result of this successful recruitment and planning, we have now asked our national partners – NHS Professionals, St John Ambulance and NHS Volunteer Responders (NHSVR) – to suspend all recruitment for vaccination site roles.
We will reopen recruitment should the NHS vaccination programme require additional roles in the future.
For further information please check the frequently asked questions.
Here are some of the ways you can help:
We are grateful to all NHS people who stepped forward to help vaccinate millions of people – making the vaccination programme a huge success.
With thousands of newly-hired vaccinators and volunteers ready to join the programme, we are encouraging NHS employers to allow existing staff to take their annual leave where applicable and/or return to their substantive roles supporting other important services.
For vaccinator roles: Some roles may still be advertised by local NHS employers, so you can check and apply through NHS Jobs for roles in your area.
For wider NHS roles: The NHS is recruiting for roles to support other vital NHS services. Please visit the health careers website to see which roles might be right for you and find out how to apply.
There are still opportunities for people to sign up to the NHS Volunteer Responders programme and support their communities through other roles including collecting shopping and medication, and patient transport. The NHSVR website also provides access to other COVID-19-related volunteering opportunities, while general information about volunteering for the NHS is available on the NHS website.