Since the pandemic struck, St John volunteers have been working tirelessly in hospitals, as emergency ambulance crews, in vital community projects, and as vaccination volunteers in more than 200 locations. 

But you never know who you might meet when you go for your vaccination. Who is behind the mask? We have had a number of celebrities volunteering with St John Ambulance in support of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme. Some are administering the vaccine while others have undertaken support roles, reassuring people ahead of their jabs and caring for them afterwards. 

Here is what some of them have had to say about their experience.

  1. Celeb vaccinators Matt and Emma Willis

    Matt and Emma Willis

    Busted band member, presenter of TV shows including The Voice UK, The Circle and Delivering Babies

    Emma: “What really made us want to get involved was the feeling of uselessness over the last year. We wanted to help in some way and give something back. If we can be a tiny part of helping the vaccination process along its way and be an extra pair of hands when hands are needed, then I’ll feel like we’ve done something to contribute.”

  2. Dr Ranj Singh

    NHS doctor, author, and Strictly Come Dancing contestant

    “Volunteering to be a vaccinator was something I didn't think twice about. I know how important it is and I wanted to help in any way I could. So doing it with St John Ambulance, whom I have supported for many years, seemed like the obvious choice. I have been absolutely blown away by the sheer dedication of both the training team and my fellow volunteers. Its feels like we're part of something very special. It's the best thing I've done in a while!”

  3. Celeb vaccinator Anna Watkins

    Dr Anna Watkins

    World Champion rower and double Olympic medallist

    "when I was offered the chance to train as a volunteer vaccinator with St John Ambulance, I didn’t hesitate. The training was very well organised and thorough – as well as being quite fun and jolly! Unfortunately, I had to cancel my first deployment as a vaccinator as I was feeling unwell. But since then I’ve volunteered as an admin assistant in a vaccination cubicle. I had a lovely day and really enjoyed it. I’m the sort of person who feels energised in a crisis and I just want to do something practical to help.” 

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