NHS COVID-19 vaccination team

Update on opportunities to join the vaccination team

COVID-19 continues to be the single greatest public health emergency in the history of the NHS.

But thanks to the remarkable success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, millions of doses have been delivered to date, resulting in reduced hospitalisation and saving thousands of lives.

This success has been possible thanks to a huge national effort by NHS staff, supported by tens of thousands of volunteers and specially recruited paid staff.

The NHS has now closed national recruitment for additional vaccinators (paid), registered healthcare professionals, healthcare support workers and administrators to join existing vaccination teams. However, some local NHS trusts may have a range of these roles available which will be advertised on NHS Jobs.

If you are interested in volunteering roles, the NHS continues to partner with St John Ambulance who continue to recruit for volunteers to support the vaccination programme.

Further details on the roles and routes available to take part are below.

Paid roles

The vaccination programme is not recruiting at this time, however, a range of paid opportunities exist for those new to health and social care and those who may have been involved in vaccination delivery. For further information please visit NHS reservists, 

We will update this page should the NHS require additional vaccinators at a later stage.  Alternatively, some local NHS trusts may continue to have paid roles available which will be advertised on NHS Jobs.

Volunteer roles

The NHS continues to partner with St John Ambulance to help coordinate the training and deployment of thousands of volunteers who can help ensure the safe and smooth running of vaccination services.

Find out how you can help out by reviewing  the options below:

Recruitment and redeployment of existing NHS staff is coordinated locally. Please look out for information from your employing organisation and your local system COVID-19 vaccination team.

If you are a registered clinician currently working in a management role and would like to volunteer some of your time directly to the vaccination effort, please contact the HR team at your nearest NHS trust or your local COVID-19 vaccination team.

The NHS is not currently recruiting for paid roles.

However, there may be some jobs advertised by local NHS trusts, so you may also want to keep an eye on NHS Jobs for roles in your area.

  1. St John Ambulance continues to re-engage existing volunteers for vaccination opportunities. If you are new to St John Ambulance you can find out more on the St John Ambulance website.
  2. NHS Volunteer Responders, a partnership between the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service and GoodSAM, also continue to recruit for steward volunteer roles. Opportunities remain available for members of the public who are able to support their neighbours and the NHS through a number of different roles – including food or medication deliveries, lifts to medical appointments or ‘check-in and chat’ phone calls. If you are interested in these roles you can find out more at the NHS Volunteer Responder website.
  3. Many local NHS services are also using their own volunteer schemes, and you can check their websites for details.

For further information please check the frequently asked questions.