FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – St. John Ambulance Medical First Responder volunteers are lending their assistance at multiple COVID-19 vaccination clinics in northern British Columbia, including Fort St. John.
According to a release, St. John Ambulance Provincial Commissioner David Valentine travelled all the way from Victoria to Fort St. John to assist vaccination clinic staff. Valentine spent the week volunteering 10-hour shifts.
“If any of the nurses thought there might be an issue with a patient, they would let us know and we would take particular attention to them,” says Valentine. “We had no significant issues at all. It was a great experience; we were made to feel like we were part of the team. It was a good feeling knowing that we’d been able to help.”
Valentine found the reactions of patients coming in to the clinic very interesting compared to when they were leaving.
“At first, you could see they were apprehensive, they’re not sure what it’s all about. They left with big smiles, and every single one thanked us. For some, they said it was the first time they’d been out and able to socialize for months. I got the impression that it was a big relief.”
St. John Ambulance is a 900-year-old humanitarian organization.
The charity has operated in B.C. since 1911 to improve people’s health, safety, and quality of life.
The organization trains over 65,000 students in British Columbia and Yukon each year in first aid and CPR.
For More information about St. John Ambulance, go to their website.
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