Posted on: 16 February 2021

MILTON Keynes Business Administrator Katie Williams answered CNWL’s call for staff to help with vaccinations.

The 20-year-old, who is on a placement year from Loughborough University where she is studying Business Psychology, volunteered to join district nursing teams as they delivered vaccines to clinically vulnerable and house-bound patients.

Katie started her placement in October and never thought it would be like this.  

Katie said: “Why wouldn’t I help people who are vulnerable? Also, I thought that this is my student placement year and I get to see something never seen before and felt this was a great chance to do my bit for the NHS.

“I was a bit worried at first because I would be going into houses where the situation was potentially upsetting and sad because they’ve not been able to see anyone for so long but I’ve found people are quite grateful to be receiving the vaccine. Seeing people’s reactions when they get the vaccine makes it all so worthwhile for me.

“It makes my day when people are so grateful to be receiving it, particularly when you realise these people haven’t been able to leave their houses because of Covid and are thankful for you coming to them.”

Katie’s job is to fill out the paperwork for the nursing teams, freeing them up to concentrate on patients. This includes making sure the patient gets their Covid vaccine certificate.

She added: “I’ve loved my placement so far. I really enjoy the work I do and working with the people I work with. It’s such a nice environment and I’d love to work in the NHS fulltime when I graduate.”

John Culley, from MK Community Services, writes: “Well done to Katie Williams who usually works in our Business and Transformation Team in MK, but has volunteered to help our Community Teams as they roll out vaccinations to our patients across Milton Keynes, starting this week. Her first day saw her team vaccinate 21 patients!”