Prince William

Prince William Speaks To Personnel Supporting COVID Vaccine Rollout

More than 5,000 military personnel are supporting the UK's COVID-19 response across the UK and Overseas Territories.

The Duke of Cambridge has told servicemen and women supporting the UK's coronavirus vaccine rollout to keep up the good work as they continue to support the NHS in vaccinating priority groups across the UK.

More than 5,000 military personnel are currently supporting the COVID-19 response across the UK and Overseas Territories.

This includes helping to establish and operate vaccination centres and supporting COVID testing in hospitals and the community.

Speaking via video call, Prince William said: "I really appreciate all the hard work that you guys are doing at the moment.

"It’s making a huge difference.

"I hear that from the NHS side as well, so they're very grateful for all the support that you guys are giving."

Personnel on the call to Prince William spoke about their pride at being part of the vaccination effort and being able to help those who have been shielding since the beginning of the pandemic.

More than 5,000 military personnel are currently supporting the COVID-19 response across the UK and Overseas Territories.

Lieutenant Alexandra Merisoiu, 4 Armoured Medical Regiment, British Army, who is responsible for managing and deploying Vaccine Quick Reaction Force teams across the south east, said it was a "privilege" to work with the NHS.

"The NHS are very happy with us supporting them.

"We're only there for as long as they need us, sometimes it's just a day or a couple of days, and based on the feedback we've had, everyone is very happy and the patients enjoy [seeing] the military.

"Even if I’m not there on site, it's quite fulfilling to know that I make such a difference in other people's lives," she added.

Senior Aircraftman James North, Joint Hospital Group (North), Royal Air Force, spoke of his pride in being part of the team administering vaccines in a care home for military veterans.

"It’s a great privilege to vaccinate anybody, any member of the general public, but to be invited into a care home and vaccinate military veterans was a real treat," he said.

"Myself and my team, we're really proud to have the opportunity to give something back to these military heroes who've given so much to us in the past."

The military's response to COVID-19 is the biggest ever homeland military operation in peacetime, with the Armed Forces playing a key role in the fight against coronavirus.