Military personnel are supporting public services across the UK to assist with the response to COVID-19. This page has the latest information on the MOD’s activities.
Examples of activities that the military are undertaking can be found below. This page will be updated with the latest activity on a regular basis.
COVID Support Force
Since 18 March 2020, the MOD has responded to 430 COVID-19 Military Aid to Civilian Authority (MACA) requests. You can see the story so far, including what activities the military have undertaken on the previous COVID Support Force page.
As of 22 October 2021, there were around 550 military personnel committed to assist with 13 open COVID-19 MACA requests. This number is kept under constant review and military personnel will be available to support on tasks which meet the MACA principles. There are around 4,000 personnel on standby who can be called upon for COVID-19 tasks.
Since 2020, Defence have continued to support efforts to vaccinate people across the UK. In Scotland, around 200 personnel were deployed as vaccinators in early 2020. Defence provided around 190 personnel to support Wales’ Health Boards establish and operate vaccine centres. Defence medics deployed to Northern Ireland to support the vaccine rollout and MOD have also helped to deliver thousands of vaccine doses to overseas territories including Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.
Defence continue to assist NHS England’s Vaccine Task Force based in Skipton House and previously stood up 42 teams of 6 people in England as part of the Vaccine Quick Reaction Force.
Support to hospitals
In early 2020, hundreds of defence medics deployed to hospitals across the UK to help relieve pressure on health care services. The defence medics joined the 1,600 personnel embedded within the NHS on a long-term basis.
There are currently around 115 personnel deployed to Northern Ireland to support hospitals in Belfast and around 90 personnel have deployed to NHS Lanarkshire and Borders to provide additional resources for a short time.
Assisting with the National Testing Effort
The Armed Forces have supported the UK’s Covid-19 testing efforts including programmes in Birmingham, Nottingham, Merthyr Tydfil, Liverpool, Kent, Manchester and in Scotland.
Over 110 military personnel are currently deployed to support mobile testing units in Scotland run by the Scottish Ambulance Service Board. Armed Forces personnel are primarily working around Glasgow and Edinburgh to help identify and break chains of transmission.
Military personnel continue to assist ambulance trusts including the Scottish Ambulance Service and Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Defence have previously provided support to ambulance services in England.
110 personnel are currently on task in Wales, driving ambulances under non-emergency conditions. In Scotland, 114 personnel have deployed and are expected to be on task until late November.