The UK is taking advice from Israel, the country leading the race to vaccinate its citizens, to assist its own vaccination programme.
Jack Lopresti, MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department has received guidance from the Government of Israel on the involvement of military personnel in the covid-19 vaccination rollout programme.”
James Heappey, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, responded:
“Her Majesty’s Government has had sustained engagement with the Government of Israel on their vaccination programme. This has included Defence’s Surgeon General regularly engaging with his Israeli counterpart.
The Ministry of Defence however has not been in receipt of guidance from Israel specifically on the use of military personnel in vaccine roll out. We will remain in regular contact with the Government of Israel and health providers regarding efforts to tackle the virus.”
This comes not long after a hospital director in Israel, which is leading the world’s coronavirus inoculation race, has questioned the UK’s decision to delay administering a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine to patients by up to 12 weeks.
You can read more from The Independent about the vaccine concerns here.