Covid-19: Vaccine Roll-out

Defence – in the House of Commons on 15th March 2021.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

What recent steps he has taken to help ensure that military personnel are available to assist with the covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

We have established a support package of 14,400 personnel who are on stand-by to support covid-19 and winter resilience tasks. Those personnel have a range of diverse capabilities, including planning, logistical and medical. Approximately 700 personnel are currently deployed in support of the covid-19 vaccine roll-out.

Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Swansea West

I would like to give my massive thanks to all the military and defence personnel who have done such a fantastic job in establishing our field hospitals and in the vaccination programme; they certainly deserve a pay rise. Of the 250 teams of vaccinators promised in December, how many have now been deployed, and how many in Wales?

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Forty two of the 252 available vaccination teams are now deployed as part of the vaccine quick response force. In Wales, 34 medical personnel are directly supporting the administering of vaccines, with approximately 150 personnel helping to co-ordinate and operate vaccine centres.