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Army teams will be doing vaccinations using a fleet of Land Rovers and Chinook helicopters


Send the troops! 150 new mobile army teams will be vaccinating a fleet of Land Rovers and Chinook helicopters

  • It's part of a mission called Operation Delta Force that Mail may reveal on Sunday
  • According to defense sources, the operation – named after the elite US special forces unit – will involve medics and logistics experts in delivering the vaccine during the harsh winter
  • The plan could include 1,500 employees. It is believed to have been approved by ministers, with troops starting training in vaccination puffs starting this week

The armed forces will assemble 150 mobile vaccine teams to deliver Covid blasts as part of a mission called Operation Delta Force, The Mail said on Sunday.

According to defense sources, the operation – named after the elite U.S. Special Forces unit – will involve teams of medical professionals and logistics experts to help deliver the vaccine in harsh winter weather.

The plan, which could involve up to 1,500 employees, is believed to have been approved by ministers. The troops will begin training in vaccination puffs from this week.

An official medical regiment briefing seen by this newspaper also suggests that troops could be deployed in some of the Nightingale hospitals that were created during the first wave to cope with the excessive demand.

The armed forces will assemble 150 mobile vaccine teams to deliver Covid blasts as part of a mission called Operation Delta Force, The Mail said on Sunday. (Above, members of the military in Cardiff last week)

According to defense sources, the operation, which is named after the elite U.S. Special Forces unit, will involve teams of medical professionals and logistics experts to help deliver the vaccine in harsh winter weather

According to defense sources, the operation – named after the elite U.S. Special Forces unit – will involve teams of medical professionals and logistics experts to help deliver the vaccine in harsh winter weather

Tobias Ellwood, Chair of the Commons Defense Select Committee, welcomed the move.

"It's fantastic," he said last night. “I have called for greater use of the capabilities offered by the armed forces, and these Delta Force teams are a perfect example of what the military can bring to the table.

The government has set an ambitious goal to vaccinate two million people a week.

Tobias Ellwood (above), Chair of the Commons Defense Select Committee, welcomed the move

Tobias Ellwood (above), Chair of the Commons Defense Select Committee, welcomed the move

To do that, it must use all the skills at its disposal, especially the thousands of military personnel ready to serve across the UK. & # 39;

The teams are believed to be comprised of soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps and troops from the British Riot Battalions recently deployed to Dover to give Covid tests to truck drivers stranded outside the port.

A fleet of Army Land Rovers is being prepared for the mission with other staff using Chinook helicopters to reach remote areas.

Football and rugby clubs as well as race tracks can be converted into mobile vaccination centers.

The move follows criticism from MPs and former military officials of the government for the armed forces' lack of involvement in the fight against the coronavirus.

Shadow Secretary of Defense John Healey said it was a breeze to deploy specially trained medics, and Col. Richard Kemp, a former member of the Cobra Emergency Committee, said ministers should treat the vaccination program like a war and mobilize all possible resources to including the military ”.

The Department of Defense has confirmed that 90 employees will help health authorities in Wales set up vaccination centers.

Troops from 1 Medical Regiment, based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, are expected to join NHS workers at the Nightingales – seven makeshift hospitals built last year for £ 220 million.

According to the information paper, vaccination training for the soldiers of the regiment will begin on Thursday.

The Department of Defense said: "The Covid Support Force has staff, including specialist planners, medical professionals and logisticians, ready to assist with the necessary responses to the outbreak."

Troops from 1 Medical Regiment, based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, are expected to join NHS workers at the Nightingales' seven makeshift hospitals, which were built last year for £ 220 million. (Pictured a member of the military at Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, on December 23rd)

Troops from 1 Medical Regiment, based in Tidworth, Wiltshire, are expected to join NHS workers at the Nightingales – seven makeshift hospitals built last year for £ 220 million. (Pictured a member of the military at Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, on December 23rd)

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