Downing Street has turned down proposals that Matt Hancock or the Prime Minister should get a vaccine early as they lead the pandemic response.
The question came after the health minister fell into self-isolation through close contact.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister and the rest of the cabinet will take the vaccine when it is their turn based on the published priority lists.
“We don’t think it right for the prime minister or other cabinet members to take the vaccine instead of someone who is at higher clinical risk.”
He said Mr Hancock was following the rules and exercising when the Cabinet Secretary was seen in a park in London over the weekend.
“We were aware that everyone had to follow the directions and the case remains that people are allowed to exercise outside, which I think Matt Hancock did,” said the spokesman.
Downing Street has also turned down a proposal. Boris Johnson allows time for a nap in his diary.
The Prime Minister’s press secretary Allegra Stratton told reporters, “The Prime Minister is not napping. These reports are false. “
Their comments came after a Downing Street insider told The Times, “It wouldn’t be uncommon in the diary for him to close the door and take a kip for about half an hour – a nap with the power executive business to see him to prepare for the rest of the day “.
But Ms. Stratton said, “He doesn’t nap during the day when he’s on Downing Street … his day is full from early morning to late at night.”