THE SUN’S Jabs Army is on the march.
Already ten vaccination centres have sent out requests for Jabs Army volunteers to help the jab roll-out.
The NHS has already booked our readers to work 1,000 shifts as voluntary stewards at jab facilities from Salford to London.
And in the next few days our big-hearted volunteers will be on duty helping to make sure that as many people as possible get the jab.
Comparison website giant Compare The Market are launching an appeal to their 11 million customers backing the appeal featuring famous meerkat Sergei .
An ad will be posted on social media by the comparison website, asking the company’s customers and 3,000 employees to sign-up.
Mark Bailie, CEO of BGL Group, owners of comparethemarket.com, said: “This is a great initiative from The Sun.”
Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk
Our Jabs Army heroes will be needed until more than 40millon adults are given protection against Covid.
The operation will go on until well into the summer and our 50,000 volunteers will be needed to help the biggest ever vaccination programme the NHS has ever seen.
We teamed up with the Royal Voluntary Service to recruit 50,000 Steward Volunteers who will give up their time to do two six-hour shifts a month for free.
It took just 18 days to smash our target, with more 51,000 people now signed up.
All our volunteers get their shifts via the GoodSAM app, which was backed by The Sun who gave inventors, Mark Wilson and
IT genius Ali Ghorbangholi, a coveted Ground Breaking Pioneer trophy at our Who Cares Wins Awards.
Consultant neurosurgeon Mark said: “The number of Sun readers volunteering to help with the vaccine has been nothing short of brilliant. We’re happy to be part of that.”
Every Jabs Army volunteer who has received a call-up via the GoodSam app has said accepted their shifts.
Meanwhile volunteers already assigned places by the RVS spoke of how their work was “good fo the soul”
Mirelle Davis, 55, a band manager from Kensal Rise, north west London, said: “My career is decimated, I was sitting at home with not much to do so I wanted to give something back.
“Staff and patients have been very welcoming. Volunteering is very good for your own soul as much as anyone else’s.”
Software marketer David Keene, 56, from Ealing, west London, said: “We do the easy stuff so NHS workers can focus on putting jabs in arms. Why would you not help out?
“It’s better than staying at home and watching TV.”
Siobhan Harrington, Chief Executive at Whittington Health NHS Trust said: “It is wonderful that so many people have signed up to support us to vaccinate as many people as quickly and as safely as possible.
“Across the country the 50,000 volunteer Jabs Army will mean we can go even faster.”
- Although the Sun’s Jabs Army has stopped recruiting. You will be able to join a Reserve Army. Look out for more details on how to sign-up in The Sun in the coming days.
Call to arms – how MPs, celebs and big businesses backed our campaign
A HOST of celebs and politicians threw their weight behind Jabs Army as they praised kind-hearted Sun readers who signed up.
Their calls were led by Boris Johnson, who begged for volunteers to help 'return the country to normal life'.
The PM wrote personally to our readers, saying: "The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is a brilliant example of the power of collective action.
"It has already inspired companies and workplaces up and down the country to join the call to arms.
"So today, I call on everyone who has the time to join the legions of volunteers already signed up and to boost volunteer numbers further still."
Jeremy Clarkson urged Brits to get off the sofa and sign up to beat the lockdown blues.
He said: “Everyone is saying how bored they are. They’ve watched Netflix, gone through everything on the internet, read Google.
“Well let’s not be bored — let’s get off our bottoms and volunteer.”
His call was backed by a string of other celebs – including the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, who hailed our campaign as “fantastic”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock saluted Jabs Army as he addressed the nation in a No10 press briefing.
He said: "Come and be a part of it. The Sun’s Jabs Army is marching and helping the nation.”
GMB host Piers Morgan branded the campaign as "excellent".
While celebrities like Bear Grylls, Gordon Ramsay and Bake Off's Matt Lucas have also thrown their support behind the campaign.
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