COVID-19: Boris Johnson receives second dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

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Boris Johnson has had his second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 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.

A photo of him having his second inoculation was released on his official Twitter account with the words: "Second jab done. When it's your turn, get the jab."

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".

In a video posted after his second vaccine, Mr Johnson said: "Well I just had the jab and once again I didn't feel a thing.

"And the programme is going incredibly fast now - as you know, we've got about 75% of the country, 75% of adults who have received their first jab. One in two have now received their second jab."

He added: "It's absolutely crucial, not just for you, but for everybody, that we all come forward and get our second jabs."

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."

Mr Johnson received the AstraZeneca jab, which was suspended in some European countries earlier this year following concerns about blood clots before most of those nations reversed their policy.

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 Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (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 among other world leaders to have received a COVID vaccine.

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