Boris Johnson will get his first Covid bump tomorrow, he has revealed.
The Prime Minister announced the news at the latest Downing Street press conference.
The Prime Minister will receive the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, the use of which has been called into question earlier this week after several European countries stopped using it.
However, the European Medicines Agency announced today that its analysis showed that there is no general risk of blood clots with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Dr. Sabine Straus said the number of blot clots reported after vaccination was “lower than expected in the general population”.
She said, “Prac has concluded that the overall risk of blood clots does not increase with this vaccine.”
Mr Johnson turned down proposals that the vaccine was not safe, as he instead said that catching Covid was not safe.
“So the Oxford poke is safe and the Pfizer poke is safe – what is not safe is catching Covid. That is why it is so important that we all get our pokes as soon as it is our turn,” he said.
“Coincidentally, I’m getting mine tomorrow and the center I’m being stabbed at is currently using the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine for those on their first dose and that’s the one I’ll have.”
He urged people to get their thrusts as soon as they could.
It has not been announced where or at what time the Prime Minister will get his first push.
However, at 56, he’s in an age group, which means he’s about to get his first push.
Addressing concerns about the AstraZeneca sting at a press conference on Downing Street, the Prime Minister said, “The Independent Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has been reviewing the evidence as they do every week – they have confirmed the benefits of the vaccine to prevent Covid far outweighs the risk, and people should continue to receive their vaccine when asked to.
“It is also important for our European friends that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has come to a clear scientific conclusion today, and I quote: ‘This is a safe and effective vaccine’.
“We also saw evidence from Public Health England (PHE) yesterday that a single dose of either vaccine provided 60% protection against Covid, reducing the chance of hospitalization by 80% and the risk of death by 85%.”