Bolton ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ finalist volunteers at vaccination site

Bolton’s very own ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ finalist, Vernon Kay, swapped his castle antics for a day of volunteering at the borough's newest vaccination site.

Vernon took on the role of marshal for the day, helping some of his hometown’s most vulnerable residents get their Covid-19 jab.

The popular presenter helped out at the Hootons Pharmacy at the Bolton Wanderers vaccination site on Thursday, February 4 as part of The Sun newspaper’s Jab’s Army volunteering campaign.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning about his stint as a marshal Vernon said: “The experience as a whole was something really, really special. It was amazing watching all these people arrive, having dealt with three lockdowns, and then the moment they left after having their vaccination, you could tell there was light at the end of the tunnel for them. They felt like a weight had been lifted off their shoulders.

Hootons Pharmacy, part of the Whittle Pharmacies group and based in Lee Lane, Horwich, is one of several pharmacy-operated sites in Greater Manchester.

They are currently vaccinating the over 70s by appointment only, via the national booking system.

Dr Helen Wall, Senior Responsible Officer for the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme in Bolton and Clinical Director of Commissioning at Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It really doesn’t matter who or where you are, meeting a fellow Boltonian is like catching up with family.

“Vernon took to volunteering like a duck to water. He had all the trademarks of a great volunteer: empathy; humour; compassion; and a genuine interest in the programme.”

Vernon added: “Helen has done a phenomenal job of rolling out the vaccine in the Bolton area. What I learnt was in these vaccination centres in Bolton, it’s 55 per cent medical staff and 45 per cent volunteers. The volunteers I spent time with were loving the fact that they were helping out and doing something to get the vaccine out.”

 

"I'm a Celebrity ..." finalist  Veron Kay checks visitors' temperatures as they arrive at the Covid-19 vaccination site at Bolton Wanderers"I'm a Celebrity ..." finalist  Veron Kay with staff and visitors at the Covid-19 vaccination site at Bolton Wanderers"I'm a Celebrity ..." finalist Veron Kay chats to Dr Helen Wall at the Covid-19 vaccination site at Bolton Wanderers

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The full list of vaccination sites in Bolton:

  • Tonge Moor Health Centre – including people from Turton PCN
  • Lever Chambers Health Centre – including people from Rumworth PCN, Central PCN and Farnworth and Kearsley PCN
  • Breightmet Health Centre – including people from Breightmet and Little Lever PCN
  • Peter House Surgery – including people from Westhoughton PCN
  • Waters Meeting Health Centre – including people from Halliwell PCN, plus those registered at Bolton Community Practice in Horwich
  • Avondale Health Centre – including people from Chorley Roads PCN
  • Horwich RMI – including people from Kildonan House Surgery and Pike View Medical Centre
  • Hootons Pharmacy at the Bolton Wanderers, Horwich – including people who receive a letter to book through the national service

 

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