The nation can breathe straightforward eventually! Matt Hancock will get his Covid jab… from Professor Jonathan Van Tam himself
- Matt Hancock obtained his first Covid vaccine on the Science Museum in London
- He described having the vaccine as a ‘privilege’ and says he ‘did not really feel a factor’
- The Well being Secretary has known as on folks to return ahead when known as for a jab
Matt Hancock immediately obtained his first dose of the Covid vaccine… from his Downing Road sidekick Professor Jonathan Van Tam.
The Well being Secretary posed for an image whereas being jabbed by England’s deputy chief medical officer on the Science Museum in London.
He described having the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab on the museum as a ‘privilege’ and thanked Professor Van-Tam for administering it.
Mr Hancock — who stated he was ‘very excited’ to get inoculated — tweeted that he was ‘out and in in eight minutes’ and that it ‘did not damage in any respect’. He known as on folks to maintain coming ahead for his or her jab when invited.
England’s vaccine rollout was opened as much as 42-year-olds — together with Mr Hancock — on Tuesday.
The UK has now dished out 33.9million first jabs and 13.6million adults at the moment are absolutely vaccinated — greater than 1 / 4 of the inhabitants.
However the variety of first doses being administered every day has fallen from a peak of 750,000 to only 115,000 yesterday, with the NHS targeted on allotting high ups.
Matt Hancock is given his first dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine by Professor Jonathan Van Tam on the Science Museum in London
The Well being Secretary bumps elbows after being jabbed by England’s deputy chief medical officer this morning
Mr Hancock holds up his vaccination card after receiving his first dose of the Covid vaccine
The Well being Secretary queues up for his jab within the Science Museum. Britain’s roll-out was prolonged to 42-year-olds on Tuesday
Mr Hancock, sporting a Union Jack face masks, arrives on the Science Museum in London for his first vaccine this morning
The Well being Secretary stated: ‘It was a privilege to get my first jab inside the historic partitions of the Science Museum in London, the place the crew are documenting the nationwide pandemic response and preserving gadgets like the primary Covid vaccine vial for use anyplace on the planet.
‘Studying from science has been central this final yr greater than ever, so it felt becoming to be on the museum.
‘Over 47million doses have now been administered throughout the nation thanks not solely to lots of of hospitals, GP clinics and pharmacies, however to unimaginable websites like this which have volunteered their unused areas.
Almost 70% of adults in England now have coronavirus antibodies
About seven in 10 adults in England have coronavirus antibodies, in keeping with official knowledge that implies nearly all of the inhabitants now has immunity towards the illness.
A significant Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS) testing survey immediately revealed 68.3 per cent of individuals had the virus-fighting proteins within the week ending April 11, up from 53.1 per cent a fortnight prior.
The outcomes spotlight the success of the large vaccination drive, which has seen nearly 34million Britons — greater than half all the inhabitants — obtain at the very least one dose. Some 13.2m of them have been given each injections.
Antibody ranges are prone to be even larger now as a result of thousands and thousands extra have been jabbed because the blood assessments had been carried out greater than a fortnight in the past, and it takes about two weeks for immunity to kick in.
Their presence within the blood usually means somebody has some at the very least some safety towards the illness and will not fall sick. However they aren’t the one a part of the immune system.
‘The rollout is continues at tempo and we’re on monitor to achieve our goal of providing all adults a primary dose of the vaccine by the tip of July.
‘I used to be very excited when my name got here, and I would urge everybody to take up the supply when it comes, and change into a part of historical past within the UK’s largest ever vaccination programme.’
He posed for photos with Professor Van Tam on Twitter and stated the jab ‘did not damage in any respect’.
Mr Hancock wrote: ‘Sensible! Received the jab. Out and in in eight minutes. Did not damage in any respect.
‘Huge because of JVT and the Science Museum crew. Whenever you get the decision, get the jab!’
It comes after the Well being Secretary final night time revealed Britain has purchased one other 60million doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine as a part of plans to launch a booster jab rollout this autumn.
Ministers hope the additional provides — which is able to take No10’s complete order to 100million — will begin to be delivered from September by to early 2022 so everybody within the nation may be supplied a 3rd vaccine.
A number of the provides may be used for second doses for under-30s vaccinated in June and July, who would count on their boosters in September and October. Younger adults usually are not prone to get the AstraZeneca vaccine due to issues about blood clots.
The autumn vaccine rollout will supply everybody who has been vaccinated a 3rd jab, both of the identical kind or probably a distinct vaccine if research show this works, to spice up their immunity for the long-term, officers stated.
The additional jabs would be the similar because the Pfizer ones given out for the time being, not particular ones focused on the South Africa or Brazil variants, though the corporate is engaged on these.
Pfizer, which manufactures the vaccine in factories throughout Europe, has already provided the UK with at the very least 16million doses since its first supply initially of December. All 40million doses of the preliminary order are due by the tip of 2021.
Mr Hancock stated at a Downing Road briefing final night time that ‘proof is stacking up that the vaccine protects you, it protects your family members, and it is the way in which out of this pandemic’.