Armed Forces to support vaccine rollout

Armed Forces to support vaccine rollout
Credit: MOD

Armed Forces to support vaccine rollout across Scotland.

From Thursday, November 4, Armed Forces personnel will start to support health boards across Scotland. More than 100 people from the Armed Forces will begin training this week. The personnel will be helping health boards across Scotland vaccinate members of the public against the coronavirus.

According to the government: “Personnel are a mix of healthcare professionals, vaccinators and support staff who will be helping 11 health boards and are expected to be on task until the beginning of December.


“Support is being provided by personnel from across the three services – Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. Some of those deploying on this task have previously supported the pandemic response across the UK including the Covid-19 vaccine rollout earlier this year and the distribution of PPE.”

At the moment more than 450 personnel from the Armed Forces are supporting four Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA) tasks in Scotland. This is part of Operation Rescript. The operation aims to help the UK fight the coronavirus pandemic. The operation began in March 2020.

Brigadier Ben Wrench, Commander Joint Military Command Scotland commented on the support that the Armed Forces will provide with vaccinations. He said: “I am proud that members of the Armed Forces are again displaying their ability to react, adapt, and use their training to support the civilian authorities in Scotland.

“The military’s continuing support to the fight against COVID-19 is a collaborative partnership built through the excellent relationship we have with the NHS and the other emergency services.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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