Health Secretary Matt Hancock was given his first coronavirus vaccine on Thursday morning (April 29). England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, personally gave the Health Secretary his injection at the Science Museum in London.
Almost 50 million Covid vaccines have been handed out in the UK since the start of December.
The UK has given 34m people their first dose of the jab, with a quarter of the country now fully vaccinated.
Mr Hancock has now joined the ever-growing list of people to receive their first dose of the vaccine, as he is 42 years old.
The NHS opened up vaccination bookings for everyone over 42 years old earlier this week.
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After receiving the vaccine, he said: “It was a privilege to get my first jab within the historic walls of the Science Museum in London, where the team are documenting the national pandemic response and preserving items like the first COVID-19 vaccine vial to be used anywhere in the world.
“Learning from science has been central this last year more than ever, so it felt fitting to be at the museum.
“Over 47 million doses have now been administered across the country thanks not only to hundreds of hospitals, GP clinics and pharmacies, but to incredible sites like this that have volunteered their unused spaces.
“The rollout is continues at pace and we are on track to reach our target of offering all adults a first dose of the vaccine by the end of July. I was very excited when my call came, and I’d urge everyone to take up the offer when it comes, and become part of history in the UK’s biggest ever vaccination programme.”
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Which Covid jab did Matt Hancock receive?
The Health Secretary was given the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, Express.co.uk was told by the Department of Health & Social Care.
The UK ordered 100m doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine last year – the largest vaccine order, so far.
It was designed by scientists at the University of Oxford, and the rollout started in January this year.
The jab works by stimulating the body’s natural defences to produce its own antibodies.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is one of three different types of Covid vaccination currently being handed out across the UK.
The US-made Moderna vaccine was launched last month, while the Pfizer/BioNTech jab was the first vaccine to rollout in the UK.
The UK secured an extra 60m doses of the Pfizer jab earlier this week, as part of a booster campaign for the autumn.
The Health Secretary claimed the addition Pfizer vaccines would “keep us safe and free”.