Armed forces drafted to help deliver boosters


Military personnel are due to be drafted to help the NHS take Covid-19 booster jabs.

The Department of Defense said about 750 soldiers and soldiers will help administer stitches and coordinate the rollout in England and Scotland.

Approximately 600 Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force personnel have been made available to the NHS England to deliver jabs in small teams across the country and another 51 will help with planning while more than 100 help out in Scotland so the Ministry of Defense said.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said, “We have been quick to mobilize service personnel to work with our dedicated health services to expedite the vaccine refresher program.

“Our armed forces will help get vaccines into arms as soon as possible as we continue our efforts to support the UK’s response to the pandemic.”

It comes when St. John Ambulance made an urgent appeal for volunteers to join the vaccination effort.

The charity’s community response director Adam Williams said, “St John Ambulance recruited and trained nearly 30,000 vaccine volunteers – including 20,000 vaccinees – between November and March.

“If everyone who is vaccinated with St. John steps forward now, even for only two six-hour shifts, we will have more than enough people to do whatever is asked of us in the next few weeks. and to help the nation stay ahead of the game. Omicron variant. “

Vaccination volunteers have been contacted in the past few days with further details on booking shifts and a message from England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam.

He wrote: “With the vaccination program we have succeeded in achieving a previously unimaginable level of protection. You were a big part of that success, but now we need your help again to get booster vaccinations at a real rate of knots.

“It will take a Herculean effort and I personally ask you to be a part of it by putting in vaccination shifts as soon as possible.

“Through your efforts, St John Ambulance has helped countless people so far; You’re welcome [help us] Make sure the boosters are delivered and save more lives, protect our families, our communities and our NHS. “

The calls come when the NHS faced significant website traffic on Monday when people over 30 were eligible to book their booster vaccine in England.

In a tweet, the health service said: “The booking service for Covid vaccines is currently in extremely high demand and therefore operates a queuing system.

“For users between the ages of 18 and 29, please note that the booking will be canceled on Wednesday, November 15th.

“We recommend everyone else who has to wait to try again today or tomorrow.”

When asked about people struggling to get an appointment through the booking portal, the prime minister’s official spokesman said 110,000 people booked a booster before 9 a.m. on Monday.

So when asked how the website would handle the much higher number of bookings required, he said, “We are increasing our capacity throughout the program, be it to make sure there is more capacity on the website to accommodate the to adapt to increased demand, or actually capacity on site. “

The NHS in England said vaccination center opening hours will be extended, with more “pop-up” sites expected.

Amanda Pritchard, Executive Director of the NHS in England, said: “It is fantastic to see so many people responding to our national mission to give all adults a chance to receive funding by the end of the year, with more than 110,000 jabbing them book this morning at 9am.

“While NHS rallies are needed to protect the country against the Omicron variant, we must see the same enthusiasm as we high-pressure vaccinate the country – so please don’t hesitate, sign up for your booster today.

“The NHS has already proven itself in running the fastest and most successful vaccination program in health care history, and the staff are again doing everything they can to increase the number of daily appointments.

“The best way to get your vaccine is to book online or call 119. Please check availability as we are loading more appointments into the system every day. “

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