Boris Johnson receives second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine as new variant threatens lockdown freedom


BORIS Johnson has received his second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid jab.

The PM was given the shot at the Francis Crick Institute in London this evening.

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The PM receiving his second AstraZeneca vaccine
Boris Johnson pictured receiving his first dose of the Astrazeneca jab at St. Thomas’ Hospital
The PM gave a thumbs up and told reporters he ‘didn’t feel a thing’

His first dose was administered at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital.

He said at the time: “I didn’t feel a thing.”

The PM returned to the hospital where he was treated for the virus in intensive care last year for his appointment at 6.30pm on March 19.

Speaking to reporters outside the hospital, he said: “I did not feel a thing. It was very good and very quick.

“I cannot recommend it more highly. When you get your notification please go and get your jab.”

The PM holds up a sticker confirming he has had his jab

Mr Johnson said the appointment was ‘very good and very quick’ as he urged Brits to come forward and get the jab

Reassuring Brits that the AstraZeneca jab was safe, he added: “Don’t just listen to me, listen to what all the scientists and the European Medicines Agency have to say.”

He was then joined by France’s prime minister Jean Castex and Slovenia’s leader Janez Jansa, who both received the AstraZeneca vaccine to try and rebuild confidence in it on the continent.

The PM earlier insisted there was no reason to worry about scare stories from the EU and told Brits: “The Oxford jab is safe and the Pfizer jab is safe.

“The thing that isn’t safe is catching Covid, which is why it’s so important that we all get our jabs as soon as our turn comes.

“Get that jab when your turn comes. Let’s get the jab done.”

It comes as:

  • No new countries were added to the green list
  • Seven countries including Egypt, Afghanistan and Costa Rica were added to the red list
  • Brits scrambled to refund their flights to Portugal
  • Families head to Greece despite the Government’s amber warning – as one Brit mum says ‘my kids deserve a holiday’
  • Heathrow finally opens a separate red list terminal after weeks of India arrivals mixing with others in long border queues
  • Holidaymakers will be hit with soaring prices if green list additions are ‘kept secret’, says an airport boss
  • Brits are now banned from entering France unless they have ‘compelling’ reason to stop spread of Indian variant

French PM Jean Castex receives his first dose of the Astrazeneca vaccine

Boris Johnson speaks to other Brits waiting to get their jab at St. Thomas Hospital

The PM elbow bumped a member of the public waiting to receive their jab

Emer Cooke, executive director of the EMA, said their “clear scientific conclusion” is that the vaccine is “safe and effective”.

She said: “Its benefits in protecting people from Covid-19, with the associated risks of death and hospitalisation, outweigh the possible risks.

“The committee also concluded that the vaccine is not associated with an increase in the overall risk of thromboembolic events, or blood clots.”

The World Health Organisation also recommended countries keep using the AstraZeneca jab.

A statement at the time said: “At this time, WHO considers that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh its risks and recommends that vaccinations continue.”

British ministers have have stressed the jab is safe and there’s no extra risk of blood clots as a result.

Scientists have even pointed out there’s a higher risk of developing one from catching Covid itself.

The news comes on the same day that half of adults in the UK are thought to have received both doses of a vaccine, according to new figures, and a day after the Government announced that three quarters of adults had received their first dose.

A total of 26,422,303 second doses have now been delivered since the vaccination rollout began almost six months ago.

This is the equivalent of 50.2% of all people aged 18 and over.

In England, 22,442,383 second doses have been given – the equivalent of 50.7% of the adult population.