January 12, 2021
Many of our people, including cabin crew, pilots, ground and office-based teams, are set to work with the NHS over the coming months to assist with the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, supporting the national effort to save lives and defeat Covid-19.
We’re working with the NHS and St John’s Ambulance service to secure voluntary and paid opportunities for our people at NHS mass vaccination centres to support the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. Since the Covid-19 pandemic impacted, many of our people, including those with medical training, have been furloughed on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Many are now offering their time and skills to support the NHS and our communities in the fight against Covid-19. This will involve everything from administering the vaccine to patient welfare and managing the logistics of the vaccine centres. Our people will undergo rigorous training in order to support NHS workers and to ensure patients enjoy a safe and seamless experience when receiving their vaccine.
From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve continually supported the NHS with our people volunteering at NHS Nightingale and the London and St John Ambulance services providing critical support during this difficult time. Our cargo operations have carried over 1,500 tonnes of essential medical supplies including respirators, ventilator parts, face masks, scrubs, testing kits, aprons and eye protection and PPE equipment into the UK helping keep our frontline NHS teams safe and supporting patients who are in great need. We’re also ready to play a part in supporting the Covid-19 recovery by transporting crucial vaccines and pharmaceutical products to the UK and around the world on our global network, ensuring swift access to vaccines for the public.
“We are very grateful to the NHS for everything they are doing in extremely challenging circumstances. The mass vaccination programme is the only solution to beating this pandemic and we’re committed to help in any way we can, to support gearing up vaccinations as fast as possible” said Corneel Koster, our Chief Customer and Operating Officer. “We are very proud of our highly skilled people at Virgin Atlantic and since the beginning of the crisis we have received an amazing response with hundreds keen to sign up and support the NHS and frontline emergency services. Our people undergo rigorous training programmes in their roles which include medical, safety and customer service training and the NHS recognises the value and experience they will bring to this crucial mass vaccination programme.”
The NHS is offering a fast track application process for Virgin Atlantic people, who will all undergo training before being deployed, ready to support the NHS teams within days in the mass vaccination centres as well as in local vaccination facilities.