Join the NHS COVID-19 vaccine team

Your NHS needs you

COVID-19 has been the single greatest public health emergency in the history of the NHS.

The response of current NHS staff and those who have come forward to help out – whether the tens of thousands of former staff and students, or the hundreds of thousands of volunteers – has been nothing short of inspirational, and played a major role throughout  the pandemic.

At the same time as pulling out all the stops to ensure everyone who needed care has been able to get it, NHS people have also contributed to the important global effort to develop safe and effective vaccines for the virus, working closely with research partners.

The NHS was the first health system in the world to roll out a clinically-approved, safe and effective vaccine, and we are working now to deliver it to those who would benefit most in hundreds of hospitals, local vaccination services and care homes across the country, with larger vaccination centres also standing ready to be used when supplies allow.

We are grateful to the tens of thousands who applied and trained for a vaccination role, many of whom have started vaccinating. Your local NHS trust will be in contact when the need for additional vaccinators arise – this is dependent on local availability of vaccine supplies and workforce priorities.

While we have enough vaccinators to be able to deliver the number of doses available to the NHS, this will continue to be a huge task, and to ensure we can continue to vaccinate millions of people as quickly as possible – at the same time as keeping other vital services going – the NHS is recruiting thousands of paid and volunteer roles across the country.

Paid roles

Legislation allows a wider group of staff to undertake training to deliver vaccines. This includes many allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and dental staff, as well as other individuals with appropriate first aid training, who are able to undertake additional comprehensive training; so opportunities for flexible, paid roles are open to lots of people.

Volunteer roles

The NHS has also asked St John Ambulance and the Royal Voluntary Service, which runs the NHS Volunteer Responder programme, to help coordinate the training and deployment of thousands of volunteers who can help ensure the safe and smooth running of vaccination services.

In all cases, full training and appropriate supervision and personal protective equipment will be available to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and patients.

Find out how you can help by selecting the option below that is most relevant to you:

Recruitment and redeployment of existing NHS people is being 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 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.

For further information please check the frequently asked questions.

For vaccinator roles: Some roles are advertised by local NHS employers, so you can check and apply through NHS Jobs for roles in your area.

NHS Professionals – the flexible workforce provider for the NHS – is recruiting and training people for the new vaccinator roles across the different COVID-19 vaccination services that are being set up. You can make an expression of interest through their website, and if accepted you will be asked to make a full application.

For further information please check the frequently asked questions.

St John Ambulance (SJA) is currently working through the charity’s existing networks to sign up vaccination volunteers – this route is now open to members of the public who have not previously volunteered with SJA.

NHS Volunteer Responder is signing up its existing network and the public for steward volunteer roles. These roles will largely be supporting the vaccination centres which are rolling out over the coming weeks as supplies allow.

In the meantime, members of the public who are able to support their neighbours and the NHS through a number of roles – including food or medication deliveries, lifts to medical appointments or ‘check-in and chat’ phone calls – can do so by signing up to  the NHS Volunteer Responder programme.

Many local NHS trusts are also using their own volunteer schemes and you can check their websites for details.

For further information please check the frequently asked questions.