Volunteering at Community Vaccination Centres
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is one of the biggest logistical challenges faced in decades.
In Scotland, 4.5 million people will be vaccinated and volunteers will be crucial in helping ensure vaccination centres run efficiently so we can beat the virus.
Volunteers working as marshals will carry out a range of functions from direction people through the vaccination centre's one-way system, assisting those with mobility issues and directing traffic.
You may also have to explain the vaccination process to those arriving on site.
What can I expect as a volunteer?
Volunteers will be given a full induction and asked to work shifts of four or eight hours.
Being a marshal can be physically demanding and may require long hours on your feet, so volunteers must have good mobility. You should also wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing as you may be required to work outside or entrances.
As you'll be dealing with the public, including some people who maybe anxious about the vaccine or being around others, you'll need to be friendly and welcoming to help put people at ease.
Volunteers must also be reasonably flexible with their time. As vaccine supplies and demand go up and down, activity at vaccination centres will increase or decrease accordingly.
This means there must be some occasions when people who have been asked to help out are called off with short notice, or volunteers may not be contacted for a couple of weeks.
We know this can be frustrating, but every volunteer is vital in helping us beat Coronavirus.
However, we expect supplies and vaccinations to ramp up over the course of the year, which means call offs will be less likely to happen.
How do I volunteer?
There are three centres being used to deliver the Mass Vaccination Programme in Perth and Kinross:
Dewars Centre in Perth
Atholl Leisure Centre in Pitlochry
Blairgowrie Town Hall
If you wish to volunteer at any of these centres, you can now book online. If you have already registered with the Council please use your existing registration (FS-Case Number) to book shifts.
Please note that if you wish to volunteer at Dewars Centre, you will need to complete a separate on-site induction before you can book shifts. If you wish to volunteer in either Pitlochry or Blairgowrie, you will be asked to attend 20 minutes before your first shift to complete a short on-site induction.
Please email VaccinationVolunteer@pkc.gov.uk if you require more information.