BRIGADIER Phil Prosser, the Army commander of the vaccine roll-out, has told how he was moved to tears by the spirit of The Sun’s Jabs Army.
He said: “I was bowled over by the emotion. Seeing the volunteers, the marshals in the car park, everyone doing their jobs, they are doing it in such a positive way.
Brigadier Phil Prosser praised our Jabs Army campaignCredit: PA:Press Association
“It was genuinely awesome to go out there and hear what people are doing. People just want to get faster, better. It is like a Formula One pit stop in some areas.”
For some, getting their jab was the first time they had left their homes in almost a year, said Phil, 47, adding: “For them, being able to go out for this special event and being corralled and cared for by the volunteers can’t be underestimated.”
The battle-hardened commander, who served three tours of Afghanistan, one in Iraq and one in the Balkans, continued: “I am constantly impressed by the NHS.
“There’s a big NHS team that we are part of, working round the clock, seven days a week.”
He said the tempo was like his toughest tour of Helmand, in 2008.
He added: “I might not have to fight but this is about getting the vaccine to the right place at the right time, with the needles, with the PPE, with the screens, to enable clinical delivery.”
Phil visited a GP surgery and the Clair Hall community centre in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.
Our Armed Forces have been helping with the vaccine rolloutCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
He said: “We are fighting this unseen enemy on home soil, so every person I have met is driven by the want to protect the nation.
“That passion runs top to bottom, to the volunteers in the car park.
“There are bumps in the road and we are learning as we go, exactly as we do in combat. It is high pressure, but it is a small price to pay.”
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”.
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