Meet the retired firefighter supporting the mass Covid-19 vaccination drive

  Posted: 02.03.21 at 12:58 by The Editor

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A small army of volunteers are playing a leading role in the fight back against coronavirus in North Wales.

The region’s largest ever vaccination programme continues to go from strength to strength, with thousands of people from the NHS, trade unions, local authorities, the emergency services and the military involved in the mammoth roll-out.

They are being supported by hundreds of volunteers who gift their time to ensure that it is delivered as quickly and as effectively as possible.

Retired firefighter Ray Barnett has been volunteering at Ysbyty Enfys Llandudno since the beginning of December. He is one of 60 volunteers supporting North Wales’ largest Mass Vaccination Centre.

“Like all other volunteers I’m a public spirited type of person and I realise that the only way we are going to get out of this pandemic is by the vaccine,” he explained.

“The NHS are the key skilled staff so anything we can do to lighten their load helps, and that way we’re all going to hopefully get out of this by the end of the year.

“We’ve had a brilliant reception from the public who can’t believe how well organised it is. They appreciate that everything possible is being done to keep them safe.

“Its immensely rewarding and I see it as my last great adventure. If nothing else this has made people realise how valuable the NHS is. Its rewarding to do something worthwhile and support people that I have huge respect for.

“As volunteers we know that we’re doing our bit to help this all come to an end.”

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