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COVID: 54,000 Personnel Yet To Receive Vaccine

More than 54,000 members of the British military are yet to receive a coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest data.

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More than 54,000 members of the British military are yet to receive a coronavirus vaccine, it has been revealed.

According to the latest data, 54,742 personnel have not had a COVID-19 vaccination.

Meanwhile, 5,200 UK Armed Forces personnel are self-isolating, as of the start of this month.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus has responded by accusing the Government of "shocking complacency" and of a lack of planning to protect personnel from COVID.

The APPG also stated it is concerned about unvaccinated servicemen and women developing long COVID.

Defence minister Baroness Goldie confirmed the new data in a parliamentary written answer: "As at 5 July 2021, 54,742 UK Armed Forces personnel had no record of having received a COVID-19 vaccination (based on those Defence Medical Services entitled personnel in service as at 1 May 2021).

"As at 1 July 2021, 5,200 Regular and Reservist Armed Forces personnel were reported as absent from work because of COVID-19 self-isolation."

As of 25 June this year, 9,502 UK military personnel had received positive test results since the coronavirus outbreak began.

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