From a positive covid test to vaccinator

By Rachel Johnston
Sam Teesdale, a trained covid-19 vaccinator.
Sam Teesdale trained to be an official Covid-19 Vaccinator during the pandemic, alongside his studies.

During the first lockdown back in March 2020, I found it difficult to be productive in a world with no social interaction, especially after receiving a positive Covid-19 result and harsh symptoms.

I never anticipated at that point the country would go into two more lockdowns. So I got thinking, and knew that I needed to do something with myself this time round.

In January 2021, I applied to be a Healthcare Assistant. The process was long and after not hearing back for some time, I thought I had not been successful. Thankfully, this was not the case.

One morning, I received an email offering me training to become a Covid-19 vaccinator. I did not even think I would be allowed to vaccinate, but luckily, the laws surrounding this changed during my training process.

At first, the thought of vaccinating people scared me, with someone else’s safety being in my hands, but after months of training I felt confident and excited to start my new role.

It is so rewarding, some patients bring in snacks and thank me for vaccinating them. At the end of the day, it is a life-changing moment in their life. It is great to be a part of history.