Boris Johnson receives second dose of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine


Boris Johnson has had his second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.

The prime minister received his jab at the Francis Crick Institute in London on Thursday evening, having had his first dose back in March.

His first jab was administered at St Thomas’ Hospital, where he was treated in intensive care last year after contracting COVID.

Mr Johnson joins the more than half of all adults in the UK who have now had two coronavirus doses.

Earlier on Thursday, Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi praised the rollout team for reaching “another important milestone”.

After his first jab, the prime minister 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 do 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.”

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Mr Johnson received the AstraZeneca jab, which was suspended in some European countries earlier this year following concerns about blood clots.

Under-30s in the UK are offered an alternative COVID vaccine to the AstraZeneca jab due to evidence suggesting a link.

The World Health Organisation and the MHRA said the jab is safe and have encouraged people to take up their vaccine appointments.

US President Joe Biden, India’s Narendra Modi, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo, Turkey’s Recep Erdogan, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman are other world leaders to have received a COVID vaccine.

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