Serving personnel are briefed on the vaccination journey by NHS staff.

Military personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF have been undertaking training from the NHS at Ashton Gate Football Ground in Bristol today in order to validate them as a Vaccines Quick Reaction Force (V-QRF) to support of NHS in the South West of England.

The V-QRF will be rolled out nationally and is made up of medically trained personnel who will vaccinate people on a needs basis. This means personnel will be engaged only when required and requested by the NHS in a ‘surge’ capacity.

The V-QRFs are made up of 21 teams, 3 to each of the 7 NHS regions. Each region is to be given a Medical Support Officer (MSO) who will manage three 6 person teams and will link into their regional Joint Military Command (JMC).

The Medics underwent familiarisation of the patient pathway, working areas and undertook vaccination procedures on dummy arms.