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Jonathan Van-Tam says he is 'delighted' that his mother, 79, received Covid jab at her GP surgery

Jonathan Van-Tam said he is 'delighted' that his mother received the Covid-19 vaccine at her local GP surgery and has 'some protection against this deadly virus'.

Elizabeth, who turned 79 this month, had her jab at a GP surgery in Whittlesey, six miles east of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire at 11am on Thursday.

Her son Professor Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, has previously spoken about encouraging her to be ready to have the jab when she got the call, and she confirmed that he had sent her 'lots of reminders'.

Elizabeth said: 'I was really happy to get my Covid-19 vaccine.

Elizabeth Van-Tam, 79, the mother of Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, pictured receiving her Covid vaccine at the Jenner Health Centre in Whittlesey

Prof Van-Tam, pictured during a press conference on December 30 last year, has previously spoken about encouraging his mother to be ready to have the jab when she got the call

England's deputy chief medical officer, who helps to lead the national Covid-19 response, pictured donning scrubs earlier this month to help provide vaccinations in Nottingham

'While I've had lots of reminders from Jonathan, I needed no encouragement when I received my phone call.

'The jab didn't hurt at all and the NHS staff were excellent. I would encourage everyone to take up the offer when it comes.'

Prof Van-Tam, who said his mother calls him 'Jonny', added: 'I'm delighted my mum has received her Covid vaccination and to know she will have some protection against this deadly virus.

'Like everyone else, it's important that she also has her second dose when called for this. Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic and I urge everyone to take up the offer as soon as they are called forward.

'It is essential that everyone continues to stay at home if possible whether they have had the vaccine or not to protect the NHS and save lives.'

Professor Van-Tam previously told how he had urged his mother to get the vaccine when her opportunity came because she is 'so at risk'.

Elizabeth arriving at her GP surgery to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. She said: 'While I've had lots of reminders from Jonathan, I needed no encouragement when I received my phone call'

Elizabeth, pictured left, arriving at her local GP surgery with her son-in-law Nick Hayes today. Prof Van-Tam said: 'I'm delighted my mum has received her Covid vaccination'

Elizabeth pictured preparing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine this morning in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. The 79-year-old said she was 'really happy' to get the jab

Speaking in December, he said: 'I genuinely have said: "Mum, you must have this vaccine, or any of the vaccines that the MHRA (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) approves as soon as they are available.

'"This is really important, because you are so at risk".' 

THE UK'S VACCINE PRIORITY GROUP LIST

1. Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults

2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers

3. All those 75 years of age and over

4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)

5. All those 65 years of age and over

6. Adults aged 16 to 64 years with an underlying health condition that puts them at a higher risk of serious disease and mortality

7. All those 60 years of age and over

8. All those 55 years of age and over

9. All those 50 years of age and over 

England's deputy chief medical officer, who helps to lead the national Covid-19 response, was pictured donning scrubs earlier this month to help provide coronavirus vaccinations.

He was seen in protective clothing and a facemask at the Richard Herrod Centre in Nottingham, with Nottinghamshire's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) tweeting that he was supporting the vaccine rollout as a volunteer in his spare time.

Speaking when the pictures emerged, Prof Van-Tam also told LBC that the current coronavirus vaccines should remain effective against mutations.

He added that his 'hunch' is that they will not be 'outwitted' by new variants for many months. 

Meanwhile, he admitted last week that some lockdown rules would probably be in place until late spring but believed Britain was in the 'last few furlongs' of the race.

Prof Van-Tam said: 'We are probably in the last few furlongs of this race - like in the Grand National, we just have a couple more fences.

'We have just got to stick with it.'

Matt Hancock today boasted that Britain has given more than 5million doses to 4.6million people – around one in every 14 people. 

Around 2million vaccines were dished out last week — and one in ten inoculated Brits have received their second dose. 

The Health Secretary tweeted: 'We’ve now given over 5 million COVID vaccine doses across the UK, to 4.6 million people. 

'We’re vaccinating at a greater daily rate than any other country in Europe & at over double the rate of France, Spain & Germany.' 

Boris Johnson has insisted the UK is still on schedule to inoculate 14million vulnerable people by mid-February.

But the Prime Minister — who was grilled by MPs about the operation — warned 'constraints on supply' were making the situation harder.

Fears that the NHS scheme had stagnated were sparked yesterday after data revealed the number of doses dished out had fallen for three days in a row.

But fresh statistics show 343,163 people got their first Covid vaccines yesterday, meaning 4.5million Britons have now had their first dose. One government insider told MailOnline they hoped it meant that the rollout was 'back on track'.

In order to meet the lockdown-easing target, the Government must average more than 350,000 doses a day from now until February 15, with the previous bullish tone from officials getting toned down in recent days.

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