Sophie Allen – Vaccinator at Home Park, Plymouth

“When the Covid pandemic hit last March I was working as cabin crew for Norwegian Air. We were originally furloughed and the last month we have all been made redundant as the company stopped operating.

“When I was first furloughed I set up a First Aid Instructor business to ensure I had something else to do if the worst happened. The business is going well, and when the opportunity to help with the Mass Vaccination centre came up, I felt I had the right skills and I really wanted to do my bit.

“I have been working at the Home Park vaccination centre since it centre opened as an administrator and I am now being trained as a vaccinator. It has been a fantastic opportunity and a way to use my existing medical knowledge.

“I love the fact that every day is different and there is such a fast pace – the days fly by!

“In the future I am thinking about staying in healthcare, maybe training as a paramedic or growing my business further.

“Although being made redundant from a job I loved was tough, the whole experience has given me new opportunities for the future – I am excited about what lies ahead.”

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