A new appeal is being made for local volunteer COVID-19 vaccination champions to support getting the jab done.

The vaccination champion role is new and will support people to have conversations about the vaccine – working within their local communities and helping friends, family and neighbours make informed decisions.

Community Action Network (CAN) is working with local partners in the NHS, local authorities, and Public Health Dorset to support the continued roll-out of the life-saving vaccine. Vaccination champions will support people in local communities to access trusted sources of information about the COVID-19 jab.

This comes at a critical time as the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out across Dorset continues its upward trajectory after recently achieving the one million doses milestone.

Helping to spread the message to everyone that it’s not too late if someone hasn’t had their jab, or has changed their mind and now wants the vaccine. 

Emma Lee, Partnerships Manager at Community Action Network says

“This is a really exciting project that we are delighted to be leading. We are keen to ensure that everyone in our local communities have trusted sources of information about the vaccine, and using volunteers to do this is a brilliant way to build trust.”

We would like our volunteers to support us by attending community events, visiting local groups, and feeding back to us people’s concerns. Enabling barriers to be removed and encourage more people to get vaccinated. Full training, in partnership with the NHS and Public Health Dorset, will be given to equip our volunteers with the truth about the vaccine. For more information you can visit https://www.can100.org/volunteer-to-help-save-lives

If you are interested in becoming a CAN Covid Vaccination Champion and would like the volunteer role description and an application form. Please contact Liz Soffe, CAN Volunteer Coordinator by email - [email protected]