The British military expects to have all personnel vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of July.
James Heappey, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence responded to a written Parliamentary question from Daniel Kawczynski.
Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when all armed forces personnel will have received their vaccination against covid-19.”
“All Armed Forces personnel are expected to be offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 31 July 2021, in line with UK timelines for the national vaccination programme. Defence will ensure that no member of the Armed Forces, including those serving or deploying overseas, is disadvantaged in their access to COVID-19 vaccines.”
It was recently reported that the British Army will seek to discipline troops who refuse a Covid jab, according to official papers obtained by the Daily Mail.
The outlet say that orders to the Royal Artillery and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers state:
“Covid-19 vaccination. Anyone who is refusing to have the CV-19 jab is to be educated by the CoC (Chain of Command) and any rumours quashed. If they still refuse they may be deemed as unfit to soldier and dealt with accordingly as the CV-19 jab may be a requirement to deploy on operations/exercises, much like yellow fever.”
The Daily Mail report that by law the Army cannot force soldiers to get jabs. Yet being ‘unfit to soldier’ is an offence under the Armed Forces Act.
People vaccinated in the UK
If you’re curious as to where numbers now stand…
First dose total: 37,943,681
Second dose total: 22,643,417
Vaccinations given: 60,587,098