10 February 2021

15 million people in the UK have now received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, with that number going up by thousands every day - courtesy of an army of professionals and volunteers alike. 

 In order to launch a vaccination programme the size of which has never been seen in this country, it required for an unparalleled mobilising of human resource to administer jabs. 

And that national effort has been supported by a number of UEL staff and students over the past few weeks – with a picture in a recent edition of the Washington Post perfectly capturing the vital role played by those on the frontline. 

Our very own Ellie Bull, one of the first additions to our Nursing Associate programme, was snapped administering a vaccine to a homeless man in Fullwell Cross. 

Ellie, who studies one day a week before spending the remainder in the field, will eventually qualify as one of the first UEL graduates to go into primary care from her course, but is already making a massive difference. 

It's great to see Ellie out there and delivering in such a practical sense, and it encapsulates everything we aim to do here which is to equip our students with the necessary skills to go out and thrive in an increasingly tough world," said Jane Perry, Dean of the School for Health, Sport and Bioscience. She's just one among so many who’ve been instrumental in supporting the community of Newham and my thanks goes to all those who've leapt to the challenge and thrown themselves into it,"

Jane Perry, dean of the School for Health, Sport and Bioscience, said. 

And it's not just Ellie who has been going above and beyond the call of duty. 

Since late November last year, our asymptomatic testing centre at Sports Dock has tested thousands of people - staff, students and members of the local community - in an effort to stop the spread of the disease. 

In recent weeks, Dr Winston Morgan has been heavily featured in a host of national media as a leading voice in the topic of vaccine hesitancy among minority ethnic groups. 

"A national effort needs people from all walks of life to contribute," added the Dean, "and I'm incredibly proud of the efforts of those from the UEL family who are supporting the country at a time of need."

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