NHS asks for army to help with Covid booster vaccine drive

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The NHS is seeking military assistance to support the campaign to more than double its COVID-19 vaccination booster rates, Granthshala has learned.

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NHS leaders told staff on Monday evening they had contacted the Defense Ministry as part of capacity expansion measures, as the government’s Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) ruled that the COVID-19 booster jab program should be extended from 18 to 39. year should be extended. -Children.

JCVI’s advice was in response to growing concerns over the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, which has so far been identified in at least 14 people in the UK.

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The expansion of the vaccination programme, which will also cut the time between second jabs and boosters by six to three months, means the NHS will have to vaccinate 13 million people during the winter in addition to the already promised 6 million.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce more details about the vaccination schedule at 4 p.m. during a Downing Street press conference.

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Sources who attended an NHS webinar on Monday evening were told that the Ministry of Defense has been approached by the NHS to provide staffing support. The move was mentioned as part of broader measures, which include increasing the number of volunteers to thousands of staff to staff the national vaccination rollout.

The Army was first brought in earlier this year to aid the initial vaccination program, and in June 144 Army medics were drawn up to support a vaccine drive in the Northwest, which at the time had areas of low uptake. Were.

It is not clear how many more staff will actually be needed to accommodate the acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. However, the leadership of several vaccination centers has raised concerns. Granthshala On whether they will be able to expand the workforce enough to meet the government’s requirements.

On Monday several NHS leaders warned that expanding the vaccination program to the required rate would be a “huge” challenge and needed support from the government amid already hard-pressing pressure for staff health services over the winter.

And NHS chief Amanda Pritchard warned that: “The coming weeks and months are going to be difficult for NHS staff and potentially for the country as a whole.”

NHS hospitals are also expected to ensure that all their staff are fully vaccinated by April this year, following changes to the law by the government earlier this month.

talking to sources Granthshala, The government’s immunization chief, Emily Lawson, also revealed that the national system for booking booster jabs had not yet been able to accommodate bookings for 18- to 39-year-olds, said the government.

On Monday, the JCVI also said that children aged 12 to 15 should be eligible to take a second dose after three months. Granthshala Understands that the NHS plans to introduce these vaccinations in January.

Payments to vaccine GPs and pharmacies are also expected to increase from £12.58 per dose to £15 per dose, while rates will increase to £20 for Sundays and bank holidays.

An NHS spokesman said: “All plans for the next phase of the NHS’s lifesaving immunization program are currently being reviewed and the comments made in this webinar were made before any logistics or operational details were finalised. ”

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