Amazon and Virgin urge staff to join Sun Jab Army campaign

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MORE large companies have joined our Jabs Army campaign – with tens of thousands of volunteers helping to immunize the country.

Amazon and Virgin are the last on board, urging staff to sign up.

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We call on the British to join our army of Jabs and volunteer for vaccinesCredit: Getty

One million workers are urged by their bosses to join the Sun Jab Army campaign.

Retail giant Amazon is asking its 40,000 UK workers to join, and tech company Virgin Media has encouraged 12,000 workers to join.

Theme park giant Merlin and its 10,000 employees are also supporting the rollout, bringing potential recruits to 62,000 in one day.

They join BT, Sky, BA, John Lewis, Waitrose, Santander, Tui and Capita who are already behind our campaign.

Last night 28,000 readers signed up to become Steward Volunteers after Jabs Army launched on New Years Day.

They will keep the NHS vaccination centers running safely and smoothly so that 15 million Britons can get vaccinated by March.

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Amazon asks its 40,000 UK employees to get involvedCredit: AP: Associated Press
Virgin Media followed suit and urged its 12,000 employees to sign up
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Virgin Media followed suit and urged its 12,000 employees to sign up
Merlin Entertainment did the same - bringing potential recruits to 62,000
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Merlin Entertainment did the same – bringing potential recruits to 62,000Credit: Document

How to register

Jabs Army VOLUNTEERS must first register online at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk

You will then receive an email with the login information to register online.

Finally, you will be asked to download the GoodSAM application on a smartphone that will correspond to a position in your region.

Services will open in the coming days and weeks, with different areas operational at different times, so you may not have to be there for a few weeks. Not everyone who signs up will need to be asked.

You should commit to just two six-hour shifts per month in an immunization service, and no prior experience or qualifications are required.

You will work as part of a team that will include NHS staff and volunteers. The Royal Volunteer Service will carry out appropriate background checks.

Go to nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk

Amazon’s John Boumphrey said, “We are proud to support The Sun and the NHS Volunteer Responders’ campaign to raise awareness and help recruit more volunteers.”

Virgin Media CEO Jeff Dodds added, “We are proud to roll up our sleeves to help get this vital jab job done.

“We will let our employees know how to volunteer.

Nick Varney of Merlin said he was “delighted” to support the campaign, adding, “This is a proactive way that we can help.

Musical touring mogul John Giddings also has thousands of skilled people ready to operate sites as vaccination centers.

Volunteers will play a crucial role in vaccinating 15 million Britons by March6
Volunteers will play a crucial role in vaccinating 15 million Britons by MarchCredit: AFP
Music tour mogul John Giddings says places like the O2 would be perfect vaccination centers
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Music tour mogul John Giddings says places like the O2 would be perfect vaccination centersCredit: Getty

The Solo boss said: “Places like the O2 and Manchester Arena, which are currently empty, would be perfect.

“Our staff would love to embark on this vital national project. ”

Jabs Army piqué

Par Mike Ridley

JABS Army volunteers will receive the vaccine, the NHS has revealed.

They should be classified as “protected workers” along with physicians, physicians and nurses.

NHS bosses aim to vaccinate “a significant number” of their frontline staff by early February.

And the blow will also be given to other health workers, including volunteers, in the coming weeks.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: ‘It is right to put frontline health and care staff first – whatever part of the sector they work in or whether they are students or volunteers. ”

Vaccinations will be prioritized based on local risk assessment.

The sun says

GIVING priority in the vaccine queue to volunteers who help deliver millions of shots is a masterstroke.

There have been many mistakes in the government’s handling of the pandemic, but it looks like vaccination won’t be another.

Matt Hancock says we’re on track to vaccinate everyone over 18 by the fall.

With the Queen and Prince Philip now leading by example, vaccination superhubs will open their doors offering four shots per minute.

We are now biting more people than any country on the continent.

The beginnings of herd immunity in some areas and the rollout today of rapid workplace testing means we can see the sunny highlands of hope coming in spring and summer.

What better way to reward those amazing Sun readers who have joined our army of Jabs than to give them the protection their noble sacrifice deserves?

Register today.

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