Sophie Wessex is volunteering during the UK’s coronavirus vaccine drive

The Countess is one of 10,000 volunteers with St John’s Ambulance

Sophie Wessex
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Sophie Wessex has pitched in to help out with the UK’s coronavirus vaccine drive, by volunteering for the St John’s Ambulance service.

  • Sophie has joined the St. John’s ambulance service as a Care Volunteer, to help get the UK vaccinated.
  • It’s not the first time Sophie has helped out during the pandemic – she previously volunteered preparing meals for NHS workers.
  • In other royal news, the Queen has gifted great-grandson Archie a very sweet gift.

The Countess of Wessex – who is married to Prince Edward – has been volunteering with the ambulance service and helping to coordinate Covid-19 vaccinations. 

Buckingham Palace tweeted yesterday revealing that Sophie had completed her first shift with the ambulance service on Thursday of this week.

In the photos shared, Sophie was pictured handing out a vaccination card and chatting to members of the public. She is one of 10,000 St John’s Ambulance volunteers helping out during the vaccine drive.

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Sophie is Grand President of St John’s Ambulance, and has been supporting the charity since 2004. 

It’s not the first time the Countess has volunteered during the pandemic over the past year.

Back in April, she was seen helping to prepare meals and supplies for NHS workers who weren’t able to get the provisions they needed from shops at the time. 

The royal helped to put together packages at Frimley Park hospital – close to her Surrey home of Bagshot Park

Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward

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The Queen‘s daughter-in-law also recently revealed her relief that her 89-year-old father had received his coronavirus vaccine.

During a video call with NHS nurses, she said, “I had a very wonderful birthday present yesterday. It was an early birthday present because my father received his vaccine. He’s 89 years old and I'm so happy that he actually got it. It’s a huge weight off my mind.”

She also shared how her father found the whole process – praising the NHS staff and medical staff in charge of the roll-out. 

Sophie said, “He was full of praise for the way that it had been handled, and how quick and easy and simple the whole process was.

“I know that wouldn’t be happening without the care and attention of the nurses out in general surgeries.”

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