Boris Johnson will address the nation at 5pm today ‘to reveal an Army-led Covid vaccine rollout plan ’.
Created by top military battlefield planners, the new plan will lead to a dramatic increase in the number of people receiving jabs, according to reports.
Military personnel will be utilised in order to meet the prime minister ’s ambitious target of vaccinating 14 million people by mid-February.
The Ministry of Defence has been told to produce a plan for an even distribution of the jab amongst those who need it most, The Sun reports.
Downing Street has confirmed Mr Johnson will be joined by NHS England
chief executive Sir Simon Stevens tonight, as coronavirus cases surge and experts warn the NHS may soon be overwhelmed.
A senior government source said last night: ‘The Prime Minister is approaching the vaccination roll-out as a military operation and that ’s what you ’ll see at tomorrow ’s press conference. ’
It comes after Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain ’s armed forces could administer 100,000 doses a day if required.A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at Pentlands Medical Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland (Picture: PA) British Army soldiers carry in supplies as they prepare to offer COVID-19 tests as part of operation moonshot in Wavertree Tennis centre, Britain, 06 November 2020 (Picture: EPA)
He revealed 130 military planners and personnel had been authorised to work with the health service on ramping up the rollout, with more staff potentially used to administer the jab itself.
He told Times Radio: ‘I ’ve also got plans for up to 250 teams of mobile medically-trained personnel who could go out and administer the vaccine around the country – that would be over 100,000 a day they could potentially deliver if that is requested by the NHS. ’
The UK has authorised the use of two coronavirus vaccines, with 1.3 million people receiving their first dose by Tuesday.