Transport Secretary Grant Shapps becomes to start with minister to obtain Covid vaccine

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has become the very first Cabinet minister to acquire the Covid-19 vaccine, revealing that cancer cure he obtained extra than 20 many years ago designed him suitable for the jab.

The 52-yr-aged minister underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy after getting identified with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare most cancers which impacts element of the immune process, in 1997.

Clinically vulnerable individuals, which include those people who have experienced most cancers in the past, are now being supplied the vaccine alongside with men and women aged 65 and over.

Mr Shapps been given his to start with dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the College of Hertfordshire in his constituency of Hatfield.

He explained he was “so surprised” to receive the call from his GP him giving the jab that he “called back and checked they got it right”.

He included, in a video posted to Twitter: “It turns out that it’s simply because, a pair of decades back, I had most cancers, but have been in remission for a extremely extensive time from that. But right here we are.

“I’m going to have my jab and then have a minimal tour to thank the volunteers who have turned up as nicely as the NHS staff. The most significant issue is, when you’re referred to as for your jab, make positive you reserve it in and make positive you go and get it and jointly we can safeguard every other.”

Far more than 18 million men and women have received their 1st dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, all around a person in every single 3 grown ups. The upcoming groups most likely to be available the vaccine are 64-year-olds and older people with learning disabilities.