Volunteers from Uckfield have set up a Facebook page to keep people informed about the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Wealden.
Fay Lloyd-Howell and her father Alan Lloyd have been trained by NHS Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group as vaccination champions.
They have the full support of the CCG to answer any questions people may have about the vaccination and the rollout of the programme.
The pair work through the Greater Wealden Vaccine Champions Facebook page and all their responses to questions come from specialised sites such as NHS England and Gov.UK, as well as via the CCG which provides valid resources and links.
Fay says their role is to:
- Get vaccination messages to key groups and communities
- Dispel myths on the vaccine
- Help develop local targeted communications
- Provide information on the Vaccination Programme
- Pick up on any concerns or problems, feeding them back to the NHS for resolution
Fay’s background is in the NHS. She worked at the Meads Medical Centre as a medical receptionist and medical secretary for eight years.
Now she works for Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust in the Learning Disability Team as a medical secretary/PA to the consultant psychiatrists and has been with the team for nearly five years.
She said: “I have a real passion for healthcare and although my roles are non-clinical, I feel that my 13 years in the NHS have provided me with a lot of information and access to useful contacts which I felt would support the role of vaccination champion.
“Working for the LD team has made me more aware of the importance to get valid reliable information to all and in all formats. I have access to many easy read documents about the vaccine and the rollout.”
Alan is a retired head of physics teacher at Chailey School.
Fay said it was her father who initially applied for the role of vaccination champion and she quickly followed suit.
She added: “We were both aware of the mis-information spreading on social media about the vaccine and jumped at the opportunity of being able to debunk the myths which we could back with valid, reliable facts.
“We have been working together on this project however there are about 60 other champions across Sussex doing the same thing.
“We are both passionate about the vaccine rollout and helping spread valid, reliable information to our community.
“We have both accepted our vaccinations and hope to encourage others to do the same when they are offered it.
“We can provide information to anyone who contacts us via our Facebook page with concerns. We also have an email address email@example.com.”