Dame Jenny is one of hundreds of people who have been rewarded for their work during the pandemic.
Professor Chris Whitty, the chief English physician, received the knight, as did his deputy, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, and the chief physicians for Scotland and Wales, Gregor Smith and Frank Atherton.
Sir Patrick Vallance, who was originally named a knight on the 2019 New Year’s list, has been promoted to knightly commander of the Bath Order.
In April, Dame Jenny, who was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer in England, became the first executive director of the British Health Security Agency, which combined Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.
A set of problems for a coronavirus testing program
The Covid NHS testing program has been the subject of repeated criticism.
Recently, UKHSA was accused of not ordering additional tests or increasing domestic production before changes in government policy led to an increase in demand.
Patients with covid he can now finish the self-isolation after just one week if they are negative for two consecutive days. Close contact with covid patients is also strongly advised to perform a lateral flow test every day for a week instead of isolating themselves.
Z an omicron variant that raises infections to record levels, demand for tests has now exceeded supply.