Recently, Lancashire Volunteer Partnership (LVP) were delighted to hear first-hand from the NHS, that over 500,000 first doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in Lancashire and South Cumbria!

Over 500000 covid-19 vaccinations given in Lancashire and South Cumbria image, with fireworks in the background

Our contacts at the NHS wanted to say a massive thank you to our amazing volunteers, for all of your hard work over the past few months. Your contribution has been immense, sustained and at pace and it’s been great for the NHS to know you’ve got their backs with volunteer marshal support.

We can now celebrate the fact that we have administered ½ million first doses, and those doses have gone to the most vulnerable making a huge difference to mortality and morbidity. The NHS couldn’t have done this so quickly without the support of hundreds of LVP Covid-19 Marshal volunteers; giving up their time to help welcome people to twenty vaccination centres, big and small, across the North West.

LVP Volunteer Officers are in regular contact with volunteers, and love to hear about their exciting volunteering journeys and sharing positive experiences. Here’s what a Covid-19 Marshal who does regular time slots at mass vaccination centre (Lancaster Town Hall) had to say about the rush of excitement when it’s the time of the week that new time slots become available, so she can plan next week’s volunteering:

“When I am at the vaccination centre with other volunteers, and the new time slots get published on the LVP volunteering portal (on Monday afternoons), I rush to let everyone know slots are available to book on. We (the volunteers) get very excited and quickly log on to book more sessions!”       

In total, our Covid-19 Marshals have given over 20,000 hours of support to the vaccination programme. An astounding achievement!