Former PM Theresa May has her Covid vaccine, describes jab as ‘effective and painless’

Barney Davis
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<p>Theresa May posted a picture of her recieving her first dose</p> (Twitter)

Theresa May posted a picture of her recieving her first dose

(Twitter)

Theresa May has revealed she has received her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, describing the jab as “effective and painless”.

The former prime minister, 64, thanked the NHS for their “heroic efforts” during the pandemic, urging others to follow suit by getting the vaccine.

All over 60s who have yet to receive their coronavirus jab are now asked to book an appointment online.

After all over-50s have been offered a first jab – expected by mid-April – the next priority groups will be all those aged 40-49 years, followed by all aged 30-39 years, followed by those aged 18-29 years.

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On Friday the Maidenhead MP tweeted: “I just had my first Covid-19 jab.

“It is safe, effective & painless.

“When it’s your turn, please #TakeTheVaccine.

“Only by protecting each other can we defeat this virus.

“Thanks to all the brilliant researchers, volunteers, NHS & military personnel for their truly heroic efforts.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeted: “Delighted former Prime Minister @Theresa_May has had the jab. When your turn comes, please get the jab.”

It comes as more than 19 million people in the UK have received their first jab.

Covid cases are rising in one in five local council areas in the UK, it emerged today, amid warnings that the pandemic fight is a “battle we have not won yet”.

Figures presented at a Downing Street press briefing showed a “stark picture” of the national outbreak, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said, despite a sharp fall in infections in much of the country.

And ahead of an expected sunny weekend, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer, urged Britons “do not wreck this now” and to stick to lockdown rules.

It was also announced people aged 40-49 are next in line for the jab, with Government advisers concluding that vaccinating in order of age remained the quickest way to cut deaths.

Additional reporting by PA

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