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Auxiliary Officers (Vaccination And Inoculation)

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 30 April 1952

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for Air how far Auxiliary Air Force officers, now going abroad, are required to be vaccinated and inoculated; and, in the case of an officer who declines these operations, whether his regulations enable such an officer to be held back on that account.

Vaccination and inoculation are both voluntary and an officer or airman who declines to undergo them is not debarred by the regulations from proceeding overseas. However, as the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons will be abroad for only 14 days this summer, the risks of infection or detention abroad under local quarantine restrictions might justify our arranging for a member of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force who declines to be vaccinated or inoculated to carry out his training with one of the Units which is not going abroad.