Volunteer Update, Friday 5th March

We continue to have a fantastic response from volunteers prepared to marshal at the vaccination clinics and Lateral Flow Test (LFT) centres in the Wokingham area. Your feedback has been used to help the processes run more smoothly for both the patients and the clinical staff at all sites, and your ongoing support has been really appreciated. Thank you. 

The online booking system for volunteers allows you to register your availability for specific dates and sessions, and it is being managed by one of our talented IT volunteers. We have a new record of less than 15 minutes for a clinic being booked up, so if you receive an email from us regarding new clinic / LFT Centre dates and then find there are no clinics visible, this simply means someone else was quicker and that all the volunteer slots have already been booked. 

Looking ahead we are still working closely with the clinic leads at Wokingham, Lower Earley and Woodley to understand the sessions that need to be supported based on the vaccine deliveries each week. Although deliveries have slowed down recently (as vaccinations move to the mass vaccination sites for the younger groups) we expect an upturn again when the second doses are due for patients at the end of March-start of April. Hence, we will continue to need many volunteers to support the local clinics going forwards.

In the last newsletter in late January, we mentioned that roles may be expanded at the clinics. Volunteer admin roles may be introduced at some of the clinics offering second doses to the older and more vulnerable age groups. More information will follow on this role. 

To-date we have supported 33 sessions at the Wokingham clinic in the Bradbury Centre; 19 sessions at the Lower Earley clinics (held in either the Salvation Army Hall or the Chalfont Centre), and 2 sessions at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley. These sessions have been supported by over 466 volunteers. The clinics in Wargrave and Swallowfield/Finchampstead have not requested resources from us to-date as they continue to use medical staff/other volunteers to help. The LFT Centres will continue to run six days per week at the Microsoft Campus and Shute End sites, and a third one will open at Sindlesham Court on 8th March with volunteers required to marshal from 15 March

Since starting on 10th February, we have supported 51 shifts at the LFT Centre on the Microsoft campus and 44 shifts at the LFT Centre at Shute End. This has involved 194 volunteers from the WVC. 

The vaccination programme and LFT Centres will continue for many months so keep an eye out for emails promoting new dates and sessions. Your time and enthusiasm to help are invaluable to all those involved. 

Thank you again for your ongoing support from the Wokingham Volunteer Centre team, from the CCG, PCNs and Wokingham Borough Council. 

Helena Badger and Caroline Atkinson 
Vaccination Clinic Volunteer Team