Boris Johnson in the present day joined the thousands and thousands of vaccinated Britons after receiving his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
The Prime Minister, 56, gave a triumphant thumbs up after having his inoculation at St Thomas’ in central London – the identical hospital he was admitted when struck down with Covid in April final 12 months.
Encouraging others to additionally get jabbed, he mentioned he ‘actually could not really feel a factor’ when his nurse, Lily, injected him in his left arm.
By receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine himself, Mr Johnson is sending the strongest doable sign he believes it to be secure following hesitancy from European leaders.
International locations together with France, Germany and Italy had suspended use of the jab after a handful of recipients – out of thousands and thousands – skilled blot clotting.
Confronted with comparably sluggish rollouts and low take-up, their motion was extensively condemned as a political calculation which has now been reversed after the regulator declared it secure. Italian PM Mario Draghi tonight mentioned he can have the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Taking a thinly-veiled swipe at his Continental counterparts, the Prime Minister added: ‘Take heed to the scientists, take heed to what the European Medicines Company needed to say, to what the MHRA [the British regulator] has mentioned.
‘The danger is Covid – it is a great point to do.’
Britain has now vaccinated over half of its grownup inhabitants and the rollout yesterday hit a report tempo after 660,276 doses had been dished out.
Boris Johnson in the present day joined the thousands and thousands of Britons to be vaccinated after receiving his first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab
The Prime Minister, 56, gave a triumphant thumbs up after having his inoculation at St Thomas’ in central London – the identical hospital he was admitted to when struck down with Covid in April final 12 months
PM will get jab nearly a 12 months after preventing for all times with Covid
Boris Johnson’s Covid jab tonight comes nearly a 12 months after he was severely struck down with the illness.
After testing optimistic on March 27, 2020, the Prime Minister was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital with ‘persistent signs’ on April 5.
On April 6, he was moved into intensive care and was unable to hold out his prime ministerial duties, forcing Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise.
Mr Johnson later mentioned ‘it may have gone both manner’ and paid tribute to the medics who saved him.
Pinning the blame for his vulnerability on his weight, he subsequently resolved to get fitter and began early morning runs within the grounds of Buckingham Palace in addition to chopping again on his penchant for cheese and wine.
The Prime Minister has since declared he’s ‘bursting with antibodies’.
Taking to Twitter shortly after being jabbed, Mr Johnson mentioned: ‘I’ve simply acquired my first Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine dose. Thanks to the entire unimaginable scientists, NHS employees and volunteers who helped make this occur.
‘Getting the jab is the very best factor we are able to do to get again to the lives we miss a lot. Let’s get the jab executed.’
Newest Division of Well being information exhibits 528,260 first doses had been administered on Thursday, on high of one other 132,016 second pictures.
Fellow cupboard ministers together with Grant Shapps, Therese Coffey and Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi have additionally been jabbed.
The PM’s jab will put him among the many hundreds of Britons anticipated to obtain their vaccine in the present day.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned a ‘mammoth crew effort’ had led to Britain hitting report tempo, whereas well being minister Lord Bethell identified it meant practically 1 per cent of the nation had been jabbed in a single day.
The programme had been steadily gaining tempo this week, after 529,119 whole doses got out on Tuesday and 581,855 on Wednesday. Some 26.2million Britons have now acquired their first dose, the equal of half the grownup inhabitants in Britain, and 2m have acquired each injections.
Regardless of the promising week, the NHS is gearing up for a major scarcity of vaccine doses subsequent month as a consequence of provide points in India.
A cargo of 4million AstraZeneca pictures from has been delayed, for causes that are not completely clear, with No10 holding secret talks with New Delhi to get the roll-out again on observe.
It means Britons aged over 40 who had been anticipating to be referred to as for his or her appointments subsequent month might want to wait till at the very least Could whereas ministers prioritise present inventory for over-50s and for folks due their second doses.
In the meantime, MailOnline in the present day revealed Britain has nearly stopped giving out the Pfizer Covid vaccine to new sufferers so it may well save provides for second doses.
The NHS in England seems to now be rationing the jab, which was used to kick off the rollout in December, and solely used it for one in 10 new sufferers within the first week of March.
The Prime Minister beforehand mentioned he’s ‘bursting with antibodies’ after contracting coronavirus in early April final 12 months
NHS England figures present 79 per cent of over-55s within the nation had at the very least one dose of the vaccine by March 14, however London is considerably lagging behind in uptake
No10’s vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi obtained his first dose of a coronavirus vaccination this morning in Lewisham. He was jabbed by NHS England’s director of major care Dr Nikki Kanani
It comes after NHS figures revealed how vaccine uptake charges differed throughout the nation, with solely 60 per cent of over-55s in components of London receiving their first doses in comparison with nearly 90 per cent in components of Worcestershire.
There are 21 areas of the nation which have but to hit greater than 70 per cent of this age group, and 17 of them are in London. For comparability, the Isles of Scilly has vaccinated 822 of its 876 over-55s — giving it an uptake of 93.8 per cent — and Stafford, Mid Suffolk and the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire have all jabbed greater than 89 per cent.
MINISTERS SCRAMBLE TO DEFUSE STAND-OFF WITH INDIA BY INSISTING IT ISN’T BLOCKING SHIPMENTS
Ministers had been in the present day scrambling to defuse the standoff with India over 5million lacking doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine, with No10 holding secret talks with New Delhi to get the roll-out again on observe.
Matt Hancock yesterday admitted a delayed cargo from the Serum Institute of India was a key consider shortages that may sluggish the marketing campaign down subsequent month, which means thousands and thousands of over-40s should wait till Could to get their first dose.
However in entrance of all the nation final evening, Boris Johnson – who is because of journey to India within the coming months to safe a profitable post-Brexit commerce deal – claimed Narenda Modi’s authorities had ‘not stopped any exports’.
Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden in the present day waded into the confusion and repeated the claims of the Prime Minister, saying India was not ‘withholding vaccines’ and that the SII had ‘some provide points’.
Requested if Mr Modi’s administration was blocking exports, Mr Dowden informed LBC: ‘No. India isn’t withholding vaccines, and I pay tribute to the work of the Serum Institute. They’ve had some provide points with 5million doses.’
It comes as one of many Authorities’s high scientific advisers insisted in the present day that Britain’s vaccine in scarcity in April received’t hamper the UK’s inoculation drive.
‘Professor Lockdown’ Neil Ferguson, an Imperial School London epidemiologist whose grim modelling spooked ministers into the primary blanket shutdown final March, dismissed fears that the hold-up may threaten plans to ease lockdown.
He informed BBC Radio 4’s At this time programme the delay was ‘barely disappointing’ however insisted it shouldn’t have an ‘monumental impact’. And he added that No10 nonetheless has ‘sufficient’ provide to proceed with the programme – which has already vaccinated nearly 26million Britons.
One other Imperial scientist in the present day mentioned it was ‘unrealistic to think about the primary dose roll-out shall be as quick’. Professor Robin Shattock, who’s concerned in vaccine analysis, mentioned the delay was ‘manageable’, nevertheless.
Uptake figures are based mostly on the newest inhabitants estimates by Public Well being England’s Nationwide Immunisation Administration Service (NIMS).
Officers insist vaccines are divvied out evenly throughout the nation, suggesting poor uptake is guilty. Well being chiefs are involved about excessive ranges of vaccine hesitancy amongst black and ethnic minorities, fuelled by anti-vaxx messages on social media.
England’s vaccine roll-out was widened to over-50s this week however a shortfall within the vaccine provide subsequent month is predicted to imply thousands and thousands of over-40s will not be inoculated till Could.
Well being Secretary Matt Hancock this week revealed provides could be used to mop up the over-50s who have not already been jabbed, whereas making certain Britons do not miss out on essential top-ups. Diverting provides to inner-city neighbourhoods with low uptake charges will cease areas main the best way from shifting down the precedence listing.
MailOnline’s evaluation of the newest vaccine statistics exhibits most components of the nation are properly on their approach to attaining the goal of providing first doses to all over-50s by April 15.
However a lot of the capital is severely lagging behind within the roll-out to over-55s, with greater than half 1,000,000 within the age group but to obtain a jab in London.
Uptake was worst in Hackney (59.2 per cent), Newham (60.2 per cent), Kensington and Chelsea (61.1 per cent), Southwark (61.3 per cent) and Westminster (61.4 per cent). Practically 90,000 over-55s nonetheless have to return ahead for a jab in these boroughs alone.
On the opposite finish of the spectrum, 35 areas of the nation have vaccinated greater than 85 per cent of individuals in that age group.
The Isles of Scilly, Stafford, Mid Suffolk and Wyre Forest had jabbed greater than 89 per cent, adopted by the Isle of Wight (88.7 per cent), Wyre (88.3 per cent), Babergh (87.9 per cent), Malvern Hills (87.4 per cent) and Harborough (87.2 per cent).
East Suffolk has vaccinated 88.5 per cent of its over-55s regardless of being one of many only a few native authorities within the nation to have greater than 100,000 folks within the age group.
The information additionally confirmed simply 64 per cent of carers working in folks’s properties have taken up the supply of the vaccine.
Uptake among the many group — who work with essentially the most weak folks in society — is lowest in Barnet in north London (28.5 per cent), Barnsley in south Yorkshire (29.3 per cent) and Bathtub and North East Somerset (29.3 per cent).
In the meantime, official information suggests Britain has nearly stopped giving out the Pfizer Covid vaccine to new sufferers so it may well save provides for second doses.
The NHS seems to now be rationing the jab, which was used to kick off the rollout in December, and solely used it for one in 10 new sufferers within the first week of March.
In January, when AstraZeneca’s vaccine first obtained authorised, Pfizer’s nonetheless accounted for 3 quarters of all first doses however this fell to only 9 per cent within the first week of March, when solely 200,000 new sufferers got it.
MailOnline understands deliveries of the Belgian-made jab shall be smaller from April due to a deliberate discount and there may be additionally a danger the EU will attempt to rescue its shambolic roll-out and attempt to block shipments from reaching the UK.
Ministers should be cautious with the provision they do get as a result of they’re already over midway by way of provides deliberate as much as June – they usually owe round 10m folks a second dose.
TOP 10 AREAS FOR VACCINE UPTAKE AMONG OVER-55s
Isles of Scilly
Isle of Wight
93.8 per cent
89.4 per cent
89.2 per cent
89.1 per cent
88.7 per cent
88.5 per cent
88.3 per cent
87.9 per cent
87.4 per cent
87.2 per cent
BOTTOM 10 AREAS FOR VACCINE UPTAKE AMONG OVER-55s
Kensington and Chelsea
Hammersmith and Fulham
59.2 per cent
60.2 per cent
61.1 per cent
61.3 per cent
61.4 per cent
62.0 per cent
63.7 per cent
64.7 per cent
64.8 per cent
65.3 per cent
The Division of Well being mentioned everybody will get their second doses inside 12 weeks as deliberate. Each the Division and Pfizer declined to touch upon the supply schedule however insist there is no such thing as a downside with provides, amid reviews on social media of Britons being informed there’s a scarcity.
AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which is out there in a lot bigger portions, is now taking up because the nation’s staple vaccine as medics rattle by way of the precedence lists.
However a hiccup in provides of that due to a blocked cargo of 5million doses from India – mixed with a necessity to order Pfizer shares – means the variety of folks getting first doses shall be ‘considerably constrained’ in April, the NHS has warned.
This implies thousands and thousands of individuals of their 40s will seemingly have to attend till at the very least Could to get their first doses. However Whitehall insiders are nonetheless hopeful that some will get jabs forward of schedule, amid claims under-50s could be invited by Easter.
Figures within the MHRA’s Yellow Card reviews, which report folks’s reactions to the vaccines, present that the proportion of first jabs which might be Pfizer’s has tumbled.
Whereas 78 per cent of all first doses had been Pfizer jabs between December 8 and January 24, this break up reversed between February 7 and March 7 in order that it solely accounted for 34 per cent.
The vaccine was used for 1.2million first doses between December 8 and January 4 earlier than Oxford’s obtained approval.
AstraZeneca’s got here into use on January 4 however by January 24, Pfizer’s nonetheless accounted for 78 per cent of all first doses – 5.4m out of a complete 6.9m.
Come February, when AstraZeneca’s was being churned out at a charge of 2million per week, the proportion of latest sufferers who had been getting Pfizer’s jab began to return down nevertheless it remained a mainstay of the rollout.
It had accounted for 60 per cent by February 7, when AstraZeneca began to realize floor.
Weekly information accessible from early February exhibits the proportion of weekly first-dose vaccines that had been Pfizer ranged between 30 and 50 per cent in February.
Nevertheless it then plummeted to only 9 per cent within the first week of March, when solely 200,000 folks out of two.2million got the Pfizer jab.
In that almost all current week the variety of second doses was about equal to the variety of first doses, suggesting a pivot in the best way the jab is getting used.
A Division of Well being spokesperson mentioned: ‘Vaccines will save hundreds of lives and scale back hospitalisations and any vaccine authorised by the MHRA is confirmed to be each secure, and efficient.