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DEFENCE – PROTECTION FROM COVID-19 AT SEA (2) [137113] - 13 January 2021

DEFENCE – PROTECTION FROM COVID-19 AT SEA (2) [137113] - 13 January 2021

Dr Julian Lewis:  To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22 June 2020 to Question 60642 on Navy: Coronavirus, what recent assessment his Department has made of the risk of covid-19 infection spreading throughout a ship's company at sea; and what priority he is giving to vaccinating ships' companies before embarkation.   [137113]

[Due for Answer on 18 January.] 


The Minister for the Armed Forces (James Heappey): COVID risk assessments across RN ships are carried out on a continuous basis. All measures are being taken to ensure that risk is as low as is reasonably possible. The priority for the administration of the COVID vaccine has been defined by the Department of Health and Social Care. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has determined the overarching priority order for administration of the vaccine. Healthcare personnel and key vulnerable/age specific groups, are being vaccinated as part of Phase 1, with others following in Phase 2 onwards. Personnel across Defence are assessed under the same criteria.