Jason Leitch has inspired dentists, optometrists and former NHS workers to hitch the coronavirus vaccination staff as he signed as much as administer jabs himself.
The nationwide scientific director will give booster vaccines to adults and second doses to 16 and 17-year-olds within the NHS Larger Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) space.
It comes because the programme ramps as much as fight the unfold of the Omicron variant.
Everybody aged over 18 is to be provided a booster jab by the top of January, with 40 to 49-year-olds presently being invited to make an appointment from 12 weeks after their second dose.
Prof Leitch stated giving vaccinations “after I can alongside my primary function” can be a “actual privilege”.
He stated he would “warmly welcome any former NHS staff” who wished to change into a vaccinator and that they’d obtain full coaching.
“Even a shift per week will assist, so should you’re a dentist, a nurse, an optometrist or a physician and you’ll assist us, then please contact your native well being board,” he stated.
“Each vaccine dose given is one other step out of the pandemic. In the event you don’t have a scientific background, it’s not an issue, you’ll be able to nonetheless help the programme in one other capability via the British Purple Cross.
“We now have accepted the JCVI’s up to date suggestions and goal to supply the booster vaccine to everybody aged 18 or older who’s eligible by the top of January and we might love some extra vaccinators to hitch our extremely nationwide programme to help us via this significantly busy interval.”
Anne Harkness, vaccination programme director at NHSGGC, stated: “Within the final yr, our vaccination staff at NHSGGC have administered greater than 2.1 million jags, working with the general public to guard our communities.
“We’re persevering with to construct our pool of vaccinators and we’re delighted to welcome Jason to the vaccination staff and want him – and all the brand new recruits – effectively.”