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Boris Johnson Has Received His First Dose Of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine

Boris Johnson Has Received His First Dose Of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine

The Prime Minister said getting the jab was 'the best thing we can do to get back to the lives we miss'

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination.

In a tweet he thanked 'the incredible scientists, NHS staff and volunteers who helped make this happen'.

The 56-year-old got the first dose at London's St Tomas' Hospital where he was looked after in intensive care last April after contracting the deadly virus.

According to Sky News, when he left the hospital, he told reporters: "I literally did not feel a thing and so it was very good, very quick and I cannot recommend it too highly.

"Everybody, when you get your notification to go for a jab please go and get it. It is the best thing for you, best thing for your family and for everybody else.

"Don't just listen to me, listen to all the scientists, listen to the European Union Medicines Agency, what the MHRA [Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency] has said. The risk is Covid, this is a great thing to do."


The PM got the shot as the UK is currently inviting people over the age of 50 to get their vaccines.

The dose has already been offered to frontline workers, elderly care home residents, those considered clinically extremely vulnerable, everyone over 16 with a health condition that increases their risk from Covid, adult carers of disabled people as well as young adults in care homes and everyone over 55.

Those in the next phase are waiting for their invitations and it could be a little longer than expected as the UK is set to face a 'significant reduction' of vaccines from 29 March.

The low number of doses are linked to 'reductions in national inbound vaccine supply'.

A letter from NHS England states: "We are writing to update you on the latest position on vaccine supply and deployment over the next six weeks.

"From the start of the programme, the NHS has successfully had to adjust week-to-week vaccine delivery in the light of fluctuations in supply. As previously notified, pleasingly this week and next see significant increases in vaccine supply.

"However, the Government's Vaccines Task Force have now notified us that there will be a significant reduction in weekly supply available from manufacturers beginning in the week commencing 29 March, meaning volumes for first doses will be significantly constrained."

It goes on to add: "They now currently predict this will continue for a four-week period, as a result of reductions in national inbound vaccines supply."

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