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Southampton help with vaccine rollout in city

16 Jan 2021
Saints Foundation, Southampton, WAOT

Saints Foundation volunteers working with local NHS Trust to help those receiving COVID-19 vaccinations

As the number of vaccinations against COVID-19 grow in the United Kingdom, the NHS needs more assistance in facilitating this vital work.

Members of Saints Foundation, the charitable arm of Southampton FC, stepped up to help at the weekend.

Some 20 Foundation staff assisted NHS professionals at the Royal South Hants Hospital, where over 1,000 Southampton residents received their vaccination against coronavirus.

Foundation expertise

The Foundation staff used their expertise from their regular work in their community to guide the recipients of the vaccine, most of whom were aged 80 or over, through the clinic.

"We're all very grateful for the work of the NHS during this pandemic, so it's an honour to be able to help out where we can," head of Saints Foundation, Greg Baker, told the club's official website.

It is the latest step of the increasing co-operation between the Foundation, Southampton and Solent NHS Trust.

Foundation volunteers had helped at one of the first courses of vaccinations in the city last month and Southampton have partnered with the Trust to pool their expertise to promote health and wellbeing across the local community.

Clubs support

Other Premier League clubs have also announced partnerships with their local NHS trusts since the latest lockdown was announced.

Tottenham Hotspur, Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Manchester City are allowing their stadiums or facilities to be used as vaccination centres, while hotel rooms at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge are again being offered to NHS staff at the local hospital.

See: Clubs offer stadiums to help NHS in fight against pandemic

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