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Virtual seminar for voluntary groups on COVID-19 vaccination programme

Release Date: 25 January 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be rolled out across the country, local voluntary sector organisations and groups are invited to attend a virtual Q&A to find out the latest on the virus in Richmond upon Thames.

On 11 February at 5pm, Shannon Katiyo, (Director of Public Health at Richmond Council), Dr Patrick Gibson (GP Clinical Chair for Richmond NHS South West London CCG), Tonia Michaelides, (Locality Executive Director (Richmond and Kingston) NHS South West London CCG), alongside Kathryn Williamson, (Director of Richmond CVS), are hosting an online seminar and Q&A for local voluntary sector organisations and community groups to find out:

  • What is the status of COVID-19 in Richmond upon Thames
  • How the vaccine will be rolled out over the weeks and months ahead
  • What can organisations do to help raise awareness and understanding of the vaccine among the communities they work with

The event will be hosted on Zoom. Registration is required. Register online.

Cllr Piers Allen, Chair of the Adult Social Services, Health and Housing Services Committee and Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board said:

“Over the past 10 months, we have all been working hard to keep Coronavirus OUT of Richmond upon Thames. However, we can only do this with the help and support of residents and local organisations and businesses. This includes our voluntary sector and local community groups. We have awarded thousands of pounds in grants to help the voluntary sector continue providing vital support and I know, as the much-awaited vaccine continues to be rolled out, they are keen to help out as much as they can and their role will be ever more important.”

Cllr Michael Wilson, Leader Member for the Voluntary Sector and Communities, said:

“Whilst the rollout of the vaccine is obviously welcomed, it isn’t a quick fix. And the journey will be complicated. Therefore, this session will be a chance to hear from the borough’s top GP and Health leads on the key things that organisations and groups need to know, myth busting and how they can continue supporting some of our most vulnerable communities.”

Kathryn Williamson, Director of Richmond CVS, added:

“I am really pleased that local voluntary groups have this opportunity to meet with Health leads and receive the latest updates. The voluntary sector, including thousands of volunteers, continue to do a fantastic job supporting the local community and they will be keen to know what more they can do to help.”

This event follows the briefing for residents on 2 February, hosted by Healthwatch Richmond. Find out more.

For more information, email:  

For more information and advice on COVID-19 and local guidance, go to our Coronavirus section.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P034/21

Updated: 24 March 2021