St John Ambulance's highly skilled volunteers have been working to support the NHS throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and are helping to deliver a national vaccination programme. So far, over a million jabs have been given.

We've trained around 30,000 volunteers and using our longstanding expertise give people the vital clinical skills and the confidence to use them.

All volunteers meet strict selection criteria, mandated by the NHS, and receive appropriate clinical training. This includes official courses developed in partnership with and approved by NHS England. As well as extensive training, they are subject to assessments and clinical supervision to ensure their own safety and that of everyone receiving the vaccine.

"The training offered by St John’s Ambulance was superb: an insight into the unparalleled expertise of this organisation, which, for more than a century, has turned volunteers from novices into health experts with maximum efficiency.”

- Vaccination Volunteer

How our volunteers are helping

Trained volunteers are administering the vaccine itself but others are there to support people as they go through the process. This is an unsettling time for everyone and some groups of patients, such as those with a visual impairment or other disability, will need one-to-one support. We are making sure everyone receives the care they need and feels at ease throughout the process.

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    Volunteer Vaccinator 

    These volunteers are administering the vital vaccines. They receive extensive training and assessments (observed vaccinations). This includes learning how to recognise and respond to a medical emergencies. Healthcare professionals will also provide clinical supervision at each vaccination site to ensure the safety of all patients and volunteers.

How can I help?

Thank you for your interest in the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme and our charity.

We are currently working with our existing pool of St John Ambulance vaccination volunteers to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations including boosters. If you are a St John volunteer we will contact you through our re-engagement programme or you can reach out to your volunteer lead.

If you are new to St John and would like to express an interest in vaccination volunteering with us, please go to Volunteer Opportunities and search your postcode to find relevant roles.

There are also other ways you can support us, including learning vital first aid or volunteering in other roles.

Meet our volunteers