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The COVID vaccination efforts are well underway, with frontline staff, the over-70s and the clinically vulnerable all on the list. Nadhim Zahawi, the minister responsible for the vaccine rollout, said that 50% of care home residents have now been vaccinated, and that he was ‘confident’ of meeting the government's target to vaccinate all 15 million people by mid-February.

The UK is currently vaccinating an average of 140 people per minute, according the statistics released by the UK government. And with news that the UK is set to trial 24-hour vaccines in London, the need for vaccination nurses is higher than ever. That’s where Search can help.

We recently placed Ruth Anson to work as a band 7 nurse in the vaccination centre in Manchester, based at the Etihad Stadium. Ruth is the shift team leader, overseeing a team of vaccination nurses that at its peak capacity can administer up to 4000 vaccinations per day.

“I’m proud to be representing Search Nursing, and excited to join the team at the Manchester Mass Vaccination

Centre. As a healthcare professional, I wanted to help and contribute to getting the country back to some normality, where we can spend time with our friends and families again,” said Ruth.

Manchester Mass Vaccination Centre is one of seven sites opened across the country in addition to vaccine services up and down the UK within healthcare venues such as GP surgeries and hospitals. Patients can book an appointment through the national booking service online, or over the phone, and select an appointment that is convenient for them.

Before recently starting as a vaccination nurse, and despite her medical background, Ruth received intensive week-long training to make sure she was fully prepared to deliver the jabs safely. The vaccination team is a collaboration between several organisations, involving Manchester City Council, Manchester City Football Club, the Ministry of Defence, volunteers from St John’s Ambulance and the Royal Voluntary Service, and a number of NHS trusts and organisations including the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, as well as leading NHS providers responsible for the running of the centre. The centre is part of the Greater Manchester wide vaccination programme run by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP).

Search Nursing is delighted to be able to support the NHS’ national effort to vaccinate the population as our first step out of COVID-19 lockdown. It’s only with the dedication of nurses like Ruth and the other thousands of devoted healthcare workers, which we can hope to get back to a sense of normality in 2021.

“We’re really excited to be able to support the UK’s vaccination efforts,” says Chris Casey, Associate Director at Search Healthcare. “Nurses like Ruth are vital to stopping the pandemic, and we’re proud to help with the distribution of the vaccine to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”

If you’re interested in being part of the amazing effort made by our nurses to ensure that the UK is vaccinated, get in touch with the team at Search Nursing today. There are various other nurse roles available, as well as vaccination nurses of all levels required.

You can help us all make history, today.

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