BORIS Johnson gives a thumbs-up to The Sun’s Jabs Army and says: “We couldn’t do it without them.”
The PM took virtual visits to vaccination centres yesterday, chatting to people signed up to help through the Royal Voluntary Service.
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The PM spoke with volunteersCredit: Crown Copyright
The Sun helped to recruit 50,000 in just 18 days.
Boris added: “It was a privilege to speak to NHS Volunteer Responders and St John Ambulance Vaccination Volunteers in Rochdale and Cornwall to thank them for their extraordinary contribution to the rollout.
“Brilliant volunteers have helped get jabs into arms quickly and efficiently.”
During his visit, he chatted to Stephen Swinton, 66, from Bolton who signed up to do his bit for his family, following in the footsteps of his father and uncles who signed up during the Second World War.
Stephen said: “I wouldn’t have missed missing the Prime Minister for anything. It was absolutely amazing and a wonderful experience.
“He was keen to hear about how people were when they came to the hubs and I was able to tell him that often people were nervous but we were able to calm them down. I told him how happy people were when they leave, with huge smiles on their faces.”
Stephen does three shifts a week volunteering at different centres and for different roles.
He added: “In my family, we have a history of volunteering. My two uncles and my father served in the second world war. Being a volunteer for the vaccine isn’t the same but it’s allowed me to do my small bit for the family.
“It makes the title volunteer feel even more special because they were volunteers.
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”.
“I have hearing problems and I studied British Sign Language and I’ve was able to use it when a gentleman came for his vaccination and made it clear he was profoundly deaf.
“He was thrilled I could speak to him in his language and I was able to go through the process with him. When we got to the exit he told me he loved the experience and thanked me for my contribution. I thought this is why I’m doing it. To make a difference to people.”
Daily Covid deaths yesterday hit 181, down from 242 last week, with 6,753 new cases, up from 6,573 last week.
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