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Marines musicians help boost vaccine effort in South West

Sgt Charlotte Stus of the RM Band Lympstone administers a jab to a member of the public
21 December 2021
Royal Marines musicians are jabbing Britons by the hundreds as they support the national effort to get people boosted.

Bandsmen and women from the Commando Training Centre have been mobilised to work with Army medics from Tidworth to administer third vaccine jabs to the public across the South West.

The teams received both online and face-to-face training in Bristol to learn how to administer the vaccine safely and effectively before beginning the roll out of booster jabs alongside volunteers and NHS staff at large-scale centres specially set up for the purpose, such as in a shopping mall in Taunton.

Captain Victoria Gordon RAMC, from CTCRM, is heading the team from Lympstone – part of 650 military personnel supporting the Covid jab drive across England alone.

“It’s a privilege, it’s exciting to be part of the national effort. I’ve worked in the NHS before. They do a fantastic job and it’s wonderful to be supporting them,” she said.

“As part of the military you expect to be part of a mass effort. This is very not-normal for me! The day job is working with young marine recruits – 16 or 17 through to their early 20s and hands-on physio, exercises in the gym.

“We’ll be here as long as we’re needed. We’re here, we’re ready. Please make sure you get yourself booked in and get down here for your vaccination.”

We’ll be here as long as we’re needed. We’re here, we’re ready

Captain Victoria Gordon RAMC

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