Originally from Cornwall, Sophie has worked as a cabin crew for more than 11 years, flying for airlines like Ryanair or Norwegian.
She lost her wings last year when her company stopped operating due to the pandemic, and she was furloughed for months.
She then changed her cabin crew uniform for a nurse’s scrub. But why did she decide to get into healthcare?
“When the Covid pandemic hit last March I was working as cabin crew for Norwegian Air. 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.
“Sadly in January 2021, I was made redundant as the company stopped operating. I was looking to see what jobs were out there and looked at the NHS, as I was already on my way to working in the medical industry with my First Aid training.
“I saw the adverts for the mass vaccination centre and thought it would be a great experience and also a way to ‘do my bit’,” she explained.
“The day begins with a briefing at 08:00 then set up before patients arrive at 08:30. We can do 6 hour shifts or 12 hour shifts starting at 08:00.
“We can vaccinate up to 300 patients a day,” she explained.
Sophie is aware that many people don’t know the NHS has trained non-medical professionals to become vaccinators.
Some also said that they would actually refuse to get their vaccine if they knew that a former flight attendant was administering it.
Sophie responded to that: “As cabin crew you are very advanced first aid trained.
“During my progression in this role I have received full training and support and the whole process is closely monitored by registered staff.”
“The patients have been lovely. So much appreciation from the patients right through the ages groups.
“Many people have been anxious in general about getting the vaccination and most people have been reassured and surprised at how their worries were quickly resolved afterwards, and in general at how quick and easy their vaccination had been,” she explained.
The UK is one of the countries where the highest number of vaccines have been administered to date, and Sophie believes that flight attendants have certainly played a key role in the vaccine rollout.
“Everyone I have worked with, no matter of their past careers, has made a massive contribution to the mass vaccination service.”
When being asked about her plans for the future, her answer is clear: “I feel my days of travelling are over.”
“I will truly miss it but it’s my time to try another adventure and maybe it’s my time to further a career in the NHS.”
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed