CVS Inverclyde (CVSI) has taken the opportunity to thank and recognise its 'Meet & Greet' volunteers for the vital flu vaccination clinics running currently across Inverclyde.
Working in partnership with Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC), the clinics opened on 28th September 2020 and have being hosted in Kilmacolm, Port Glasgow, Greenock and Gourock.
The different agencies involved were able to meet and socially distance at Clyde Square in Greenock to celebrate the volunteers and their contribution.
In total, 39 volunteers came forward to CVSI to support the flu clinics, which has seen an increase in demand as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The volunteer's roles have included welcoming patients, explaining social distancing routes and that these are followed, supporting patient flow throughout the buildings as well as managing the reception area.
Louise Long, Chief Officer of Inverclyde HSCP, said:
"This year's flu clinics have seen a significant rise in previous years as part of the drive to immunise a much broader range of people in light of the impact of Covid-19.
"It would not be possible to run and resource these successful clinics without the support and dedication of these selfless volunteers who are making such a difference.
"On behalf of Inverclyde Council, Inverclyde HSCP and NHS GGC, we'd like to thank all of the volunteers for their critical support towards the public."
Over 8,000 vaccinations have now been administered to those over 65 or invited to attend the community venues since the clinic started.
The majority of the volunteers came forward to CVSI through its Volunteer Inverclyde Initiative, where people can search for opportunities and register their interest.
A CVSI Meet & Greet Volunteer said:
"I thoroughly enjoyed helping the clinics and it has been a really rewarding experience. It has been a pleasure to help and I will continue to volunteer in the future."
Reflecting on the volunteer's support, Charlene Elliott, chief executive of CVSI, said:
"On behalf of all of the team at CVSI, we'd like to say a sincere thank you to our dedicated volunteers.
"The flu clinic is a vital service which CVSI has been delighted to support, and it is right that these selfless volunteers are recognised and celebrated."
Photograph courtesy of Greenock Telegraph