Last week MACA personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force assigned to the V-QRF undertook training and validation from NHS in Bristol.
UK MoD News Release, 13 January 2021: Military personnel from the Royal Navy and RAF have been undertaking training from the NHS at Ashton Gate Football Ground in Bristol [8th January] in order to validate them as a Vaccines Quick Reaction Force (V-QRF) in 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, three to each of the seven NHS regions. Each region is to be given a Medical Support Officer (MSO) who will manage three six-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.