Member of the British Armed Forces administering a COVID-19 vaccination in Scotland (Picture: MOD).
Coronavirus

Extra 100 personnel available to support Scotland's jab rollout

Military vaccination support in the country has been welcomed by Nicola Sturgeon amid a wave of Omicron infections.

Member of the British Armed Forces administering a COVID-19 vaccination in Scotland (Picture: MOD).

An additional 100 military personnel have been made available to boost Scotland’s coronavirus vaccination programme.

The move comes as Omicron infections continue to rise in the country, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently stating she will make "full use" of any military support.

Extra personnel brings the total supporting the rollout in Scotland to 221, as 121 have already been helping since October.

The tri-service group, including healthcare professionals, will administer vaccines and provide planning expertise in support of NHS staff and volunteers.

The reinforced cohort will be on task until the end of February 2022, while others will continue to drive ambulances in support of the Scottish Ambulance service until the end of March.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "Our Armed Forces continue to tirelessly support the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Scotland to give people and communities vital protection against this virus.  

"This uplift in support will help to get more vaccines into arms faster, working shoulder to shoulder with the dedicated health services."