THE Sun today urges readers to join a race against time to maximise Covid jabs.
We are issuing a new call to sign up to the Jabs Army of vaccine stewards to help beat the Indian variant — which threatens June 21 freedom hopes.
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We need you to help Britain beat the new Covid variant
Extra volunteer stewards are needed at vaccination centres around the countryCredit: Dan Charity / The Sun
Sign up in one of 50 Indian variant hotspotsCredit: EPA
PM Boris Johnson declared “Jabs Army Needs You” as he hailed the “tremendous work” of our 50,000 volunteers so far.
They signed up in droves last year after The Sun teamed up with the Royal Voluntary Service.
But 50 towns, cities and council areas are desperate for extra help as new vaccine centres open.
Scientists warn that plans to take the final step out of lockdown hang in the balance due to surging rates of the Indian strain.
Yesterday volunteers at Twickenham Stadium urged others to sign upCredit: EPA
Forty Jabs Army members helped 10,000 get their first shotCredit: Dan Charity / The Sun
50 towns, cities and council areas where the Jabs Army needs you now
- Barking and Dagenham, Essex
- Barnet, North London
- Birmingham, West Midlands
- Bolton, Greater Manchester
- Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, Dorset
- Bradford, West Yorks
- Brent, West London
- Camden, North London
- Cannock Chase, Staffs
- Chelmsford, Essex
- Cheshire West & Chester
- Colchester, Essex
- Croydon, South London
- Dudley, West Midlands
- Ealing, West London
- Fenland, Cambs
- Hammersmith & Fulham,
- West London
- Hillingdon, West London
- Hounslow, West London
- Kensington and Chelsea, London
- Knowsley, Merseyside
- Lambeth, South London
- Merton, South London
- Newark & Sherwood, Notts
- North Norfolk
- North Somerset
- Peterborough, Cambs
- Preston, Lancs
- Rochdale, Greater Manchester
- Salford, Greater Manchester
- Sandwell, West Midlands
- Slough, Berks
- Stafford, Staffs
- Sutton, South London
- Tendring, Essex
- Walsall, West Midlands
- Wandsworth, South West London
- Wigan, Greater Manchester
- Wirrall, Merseyside
- Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Sign up today
TO sign up with the Royal Voluntary Service, which organises our Jabs Army shifts, register by scanning the QR code below with your phone, or visit the website.
And if you are one of the existing 50,000 recruits but have not yet been able to do any shifts, find out where you are needed by clicking on your GoodSAM app.
Make sure the Location setting is enabled on your phone
Click on the Future Tasks tab and volunteering shifts available in your area will appear. If there is one you can do, click Accept.
It will give details of vaccination centres and when and where to report.
Ministers have increased jab efforts — vowing to offer both doses to everyone over 50 by June 21.
As Britain enters a crucial stage of the rollout:
- A MAJOR OECD report said Britain’s economy is on course for a “sharp rebound” this year;
- TWICKENHAM rugby stadium was turned into a massive walk-in jab centre for the day yesterday, and;
- ALL under-30s are due to get jab invites this week.
Boris Johnson backed our call and hailed the Jabs Army’s ‘tremendous work’Credit: EPA
Meanwhile, a top government scientific adviser yesterday said Britain may already be in a third wave.
Prof Ravi Gupta told the BBC: “There has been exponential growth in new cases, at least three- quarters are new variant.”
But bosses warned that many businesses are hanging on “by their fingernails” and desperately need social distancing restrictions to be axed.
We urgently need to recruit thousands more volunteersCredit: Dan Charity / The Sun
Fifty towns, cities and council areas are desperate for extra stewardsCredit: Dan Charity / The Sun
The Sun Says
IF you were among the millions who emerged blinking into the light of the sunny Bank Holiday Monday yesterday, you could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss over June 21 is about.
Face masks aside, it was almost possible to forget for a moment that the pandemic ever happened, as crowds flocked to beaches and parks.
But make no mistake: the final stage of unlocking is crucial for our economy. Just ask the travel or hospitality industry how hard a setback would hit them.
And it’s not for nothing that the president of the British Chambers of Commerce, Baroness McGregor-Smith, calls the prospect of delay “astonishing”.
We can’t be too cavalier, of course, but there is little justification so far for alarmist predictions of a third wave.
Cases were always likely to rise as we opened up — not least from extra surge testing — but yesterday there was just ONE Covid death in the UK, a remarkable figure even on a Bank Holiday.
As the virus ups its game with mutations, our first answer must not be to endlessly retreat but to up our game too.
With more vaccination centres opening, like the pop-up one that dished out 10,000 jabs at Twickenham yesterday, that’s just what the Government is doing, and you can play your part too.
If you haven’t yet joined our award-winning Jabs Army, there’s a fresh opportunity to enlist and give Covid a two-fingered salute.