18 JANUARY 2021


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Article from BTNews 18 JANUARY 2021

Virgin Atlantic NHS support

The major British airlines offering fully trained teams of personnel experienced in handling individuals with a variety of problems are all providing help to assist the NHS as the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine continues.  See NHS and easyJet in this week’s BTN.  BA is another big supporter.

With Virgin Atlantic the airline is working with the NHS and St John’s Ambulance service to secure voluntary and paid opportunities for its people at NHS mass vaccination centres to support with the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic impacted, many Virgin Atlantic employees, including those with medical training, have been furloughed on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, offering their time and skills to support the NHS and local communities in the fight against Covid-19.  

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, to ensure patients enjoy a safe and seamless experience when receiving their vaccine.  

From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Virgin Atlantic has continually supported the NHS with its people volunteering at NHS Nightingale and the London and St John Ambulance services providing critical support during this difficult time. Virgin Atlantic Cargo has also carried into the UK over 1,500 tonnes of essential medical supplies including respirators, ventilator parts, face masks, scrubs, testing kits, aprons, eye protection and PPE equipment.

Corneel Koster, chief customer and operating officer at Virgin Atlantic commented: “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.

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