Vaccination Buddies

Free, 1-2-1 advice for anybody who is concerned about the Covid-19 vaccines

Have you encountered people who have questions and concerns about the Covid-19 vaccine that you haven’t had the time or knowledge to answer? Or maybe you have some questions yourself? We can help!  

Our team of Vaccination Buddy volunteers can offer 1-2-1 advice over the phone to anybody in Somerset who is worried about having the vaccine. 

Vaccination Buddies come from all walks of life and can speak a range of languages including Dutch, Portuguese, German, Polish, Italian and French. They have undergone full training from Public Health at Somerset County Council. They cannot however, offer medical advice. 

You can request a phone call with a Vaccination Buddy via this form. We will then get in touch to arrange a suitable time.  

Hear from some of the team

”I am from Namibia and I would like to support other people from minority groups with the right, up-to-date information regarding the vaccination roll out. I’m non-judgemental and a good listener.  I believe I can offer a caring and sensitive support to individuals deciding whether to have the Covid-19 vaccination.”

Johanna

“I am a registered nurse and health visitor. I’m committed to communities helping each other to improve health. I think being a Vaccination Buddy is a great way to use my skills and experience to help others make informed decisions” 

Penina

“I was a volunteer marshal at the GP-led vaccination centre at Wellington Hospital, so have had a lot of contact with members of the public receiving their vaccine. My normal job is an Early Years Advisor and I am working to engage with younger parents and minority groups.” 

Helen

Vaccination Buddies will... 

Provide a listening ear 

Talk through people’s concerns 

Answer basic questions about the vaccine 

Support people to make their own, informed decision 

Vaccination Buddies will not... 

Give medical advice 

Persuade people to have the vaccine 

Have advanced scientific or medical knowledge about the vaccine 

We also offer regular free training for anybody who would like to find out more about the Covid-19 vaccinations. Visit our training page for upcoming dates. 

For further information about this project, please contact Helen Fielden, Volunteer Development Officer. Email HELEN.FIELDEN@SPARKSOMERSET.ORG.UK or call 07535 800944.