Eastbourne’s Josh Babarinde OBE has qualified as a COVID-19 Vaccinator.

He shared the news on social media with East Sussex College Group, where he is a Board member.

After applications, interviews and training, the former college student recently qualified for the role.

In the coming weeks, he will giving vaccine injections and help defend folk in Eastbourne and beyond against the virus.

Josh said: “I’ll be deployed to a local NHS vaccination centre where I’ll be rolling up my sleeves (and yours!) to give vaccine injections and help defend folk in Eastbourne and beyond against the virus.

A massive thank you to St John Ambulance, whose volunteer family I’m chuffed to now be a part of.

COVID, I’m coming for ya!”

Josh founded Cracked It, London’s social enterprise smartphone repair service staffed by ex-offenders, which was named ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ by the Evening Standard.

Josh was featured by Forbes Magazine as a 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur.

In 2020, Josh was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to criminal justice, social enterprise and the economy.

He said: “I’m honoured to receive an OBE from The Queen for services to criminal justice, social enterprise and the economy

“Thank you to EVERYONE who made this possible

“I’m proud to have poured my heart into serving others in Eastbourne and beyond – and I’m nowhere near done yet.”

Josh studied A-Level Politics, Law and Sociology, and AS Economics between 2009 and 2011 at East Sussex College in Eastbourne, subjects that have nurtured his understanding of business, people, and the world we live in.

Nine years on, he fondly recalls his course tutors, Chris (x2!), Stella, Tracey, Steve and Tony.