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    Phil is volunteering on the front line

    Strategic Projects leader, Phil Rowlands, has joined the team of around 30,000 St John Ambulance volunteers supporting the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme.

    Phil is volunteering on the front line

    Strategic Projects leader, Phil Rowlands, has joined the team of around 30,000 St John Ambulance volunteers supporting the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme.

    Phil is volunteering on the front line

    Strategic Projects leader, Phil Rowlands, has joined the team of around 30,000 St John Ambulance volunteers supporting the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme.

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      He has completed his first six-and-a-half hour shift as a vaccinator at the Telford International Centre, one of the large scale vaccination centres set up across the UK.

      Says Phil: "The pharmaceutical companies have done a fantastic job developing Covid-19 vaccines and I wanted to help with the roll out of the programme in any way that I could and be part of the solution."

      He signed up as a vaccinator with St John Ambulance back in January and since then has completed general first aid training, both online and face-to-face, as well as practical sessions learning how to administer an injection.

      Says Phil: "We were taught how to vaccinate by injecting a syringe filled with water into a pad attached to a volunteer's arm so that it felt realistic. Because the training was so thorough and we had supervisors and medics on hand at the centre, I felt confident about administering my first injection. It went very smoothly and I was delighted that my patient reported that it was quick and painless."

      Phil's wife Jenni is a doctor and their 16-year-old son, Ben, is currently volunteering at the same local hospital as a patient guide.

      He says: "As a family we are proud to be able to support the fight against Covid-19 and it's fantastic to see the number of infections coming down and the number of vaccinations going up."

      "We are really lucky to have several vaccine options available in the UK, all offering a high rate of efficacy. I'm also grateful to 3M for supporting my volunteer work with St John Ambulance."

      "The organisation has done an amazing job training thousands of vaccinators, care volunteers and patient advocates to work alongside NHS teams and between them these volunteers have given up more than 230,000 hours of their time to date."