Military help vaccine roll-out in Wales

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Source: MOD

MILITARY personnel are helping deliver the coronavirus vaccine in Wales with teams working alongside NHS workers across the country.

They began working in the first week of January and have played a part in giving the coronavirus vaccine to thousands of people.

Brigadier Andrew Dawes CBE, Commander, Joint Military Command Wales, said: “The Armed Forces are working very closely with the Welsh Government and NHS to increase frontline capacity. We’re really glad to be here to help with the delivery of the coronavirus vaccine and we’d like to thank the Welsh people for the great reception we’ve had at vaccination centres across Wales.”

Personnel from both the Army and the RAF are staffing vaccination centres alongside NHS colleagues. SAC James Maund is one of the military team at a vaccination centre in the Gwent region, he said: “It’s great that we’re able to work with the NHS here to get people vaccinated. The people coming here have been really pleased to see us helping out too.”

The UK Armed Forces have committed 90 personnel who have deployed to Wales and are already administering vaccines to the public.

Military planners and liaison officers are embedded in local authorities and Welsh Government providing planning advice, and crucially feeding in early where military support is most effectively used so resources can be deployed quickly and efficiently.

Combat medic Private Keir Livingstone administering the covid vaccine.

Photos: Cpl Cathy Sharples RAuxAFUK MOD © Crown copyright 


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