Exclusive: Aesthetic doctors offer to swap Botox for administering coronavirus vaccine

Thousands of cosmetic providers in Britain are currently unable to perform treatments such as filler and non-medical Botox in lockdown

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has expressed strong interest in using cosmetic doctors and nurses in the vaccine roll-out, the Telegraph can reveal.

One of the UK’s leading luxury surgical and non-surgical aesthetics chain, The Private Clinic and Cosmetics Skin Clinic, have offered up their teams to help as volunteers to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine, with 16 sites regionally employing 100 surgeons, doctors and nurses.

Valentina Petrone, CEO of the group told the Telegraph: “As a business, we have a team of medical professionals and registered clinics located across the UK in the majority of key locations. We have contacted the government and offered our full support to all of our NHS colleagues and friends at this hugely challenging time.

"The nature of our business also puts us in the fortunate position to already have in-house technologies which allow us to test our staff and patients daily for COVID-19.” With a well-established regional network of sites and access to trained medical staff, they are in a position to provide immediate assistance. During the first lockdown, the group offered beds for Covid patients. 

Aesthetic doctors and nurses are currently unable to perform non-medical treatments such as filler and Botox, due to lockdown 3. It is estimated that there are over 10,000 healthcare professionals within the aesthetics field that could be available and an estimated 6,000 locations.

The past five years has seen a huge growth in the number of aesthetic clinics in the UK, with practices now on most high streets. Millie Kendall, chief executive of the British Beauty Council told the Telegraph: “The response from the government regarding aesthetic doctors and nurses helping with the vaccine roll-out was very positive. There is no question these are highly skilled practitioners.”

While industry groups are hoping to set up a register for practitioners able to offer their services, BEIS have asked for details to be provided via [email protected].

“I strongly support all my colleagues in the UK and abroad in their efforts to assist with the Covid-19 vaccination campaigns and roll-out, as well as engaging in educational efforts to promote health and wellness in these challenging times," comments Dr Uliana Gout, President of British College of Aesthetic Medicine. 

"We need to stick together and focus on the key task of controlling the pandemic and acting in the best interests for our patients and the general public at large. Our main focus in 2021 should be to achieve mass global vaccination and put it into a routine practice going ahead.”

Helena Grzesk, Chief Operating Officer of the British Beauty Council adds, “the powder and puff reputation we’ve inherited as a beauty sector is a far cry from the realities of the treatments and services we provide.”