All these fleeing Afghanistan can be provided a COVID vaccine following their arrival to the UK, the Division for Well being and Social Care has introduced.
New vaccination factors can be arrange at every managed quarantine resort – the place arrivals from Afghanistan should isolate for 10 days because of the nation being on the UK’s journey pink record.
And every of those that arrive within the UK following Afghanistan’s takeover by the Taliban can be provided a coronavirus vaccine – in the event that they haven’t but had one – after they’ve examined unfavourable for COVID on their second day in Britain.
In response to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College within the US, Afghanistan has reported a complete of 152,411 COVID instances and seven,047 deaths.
Nevertheless, just one.8 million COVID vaccine doses have been given within the nation of almost 40 million folks, with lower than 0.6% of the whole inhabitants absolutely vaccinated with two doses.
In contrast, 76% of the UK’s inhabitants of over-16s have acquired each vaccine doses.
Amid the persevering with chaos in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, UK armed forces are at the moment trying to evacuate lots of these Afghans who have been domestically employed by Britain within the nation.
They’re being provided resettlement within the UK beneath the Afghanistan Relocations and Help Coverage (ARAP) scheme.
The federal government has additionally mentioned that these Afghans who’re quarantining within the UK can be allowed to remain in giant household teams for assist, with toys supplied for youngsters and garments given to those that might have left their nation with little or no.
Managed quarantine resorts will even have a 24/7 on-site medical workforce, with day by day well being and wellbeing checks carried out.
In the meantime, councils throughout England, Scotland and Wales can have entry to a fund of £5m to assist them present housing and assist to Afghans who’re being resettled beneath the ARAP programme.
To this point, since Saturday, the UK evacuated 1,615 folks, together with 399 British nationals and their dependents, 320 embassy workers, and 402 Afghan nationals beneath ARAP.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned: “Our rapid focus is to evacuate the Afghans who risked their lives supporting us over the previous twenty years and to whom we owe a lot.
“We’re proud to deliver them to the UK, and this extra assist will assist make it possible for these arriving from Afghanistan obtain the housing and healthcare that they want as they begin to construct a brand new life right here.”
Well being Secretary Sajid Javid on Friday met with a few of those that had lately arrived from Afghanistan beneath the ARAP scheme.
“As well being secretary, my focus is on the well being and wellbeing of households from the second they contact down within the UK,” he mentioned.
“I used to be very happy in the present day to have the ability to meet one such household who arrived lately and be taught from their expertise of the healthcare we have now supplied to this point.
“We’re boosting our well being and wellbeing providers to evacuees throughout their 10 day quarantine.
“This contains giving everybody a primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, in the event that they haven’t already acquired one, doubling our medical provision to make sure everybody can entry assist around the clock and reuniting households who arrive on completely different flights the place we will.”