As COVID-19 vaccine efforts step up across London, Imperial medical students are amongst the many volunteers who are helping out.
In December, the School of Medicine worked alongside Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to offer medical students the opportunity to be part of the effort, managed by the Trust on behalf of the North West London vaccine programme.
Since then, over 600 medics have signed up to volunteer to vaccinate.
Offered initially to students in Years 3-6 of the MBBS programme, the School is developing further vaccination training resources to support more students in earlier years who are keen to be part of the national rollout over the coming months.
Dr Roger Chinn, Chief Medical Officer at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We’ve been pleased to have support from Imperial medical students on our sites. They supported our vaccination of North West London health and social care staff, but we’ve also had support for our in-patient services too. They’ve worked well in challenging clinical circumstances.”
Students have also offered assistance to the vaccination programme at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, providing vital support in areas such as post-vaccine observations.