The 79-year-old mum of England’s deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van Tam has received her first Covid vaccination.
Elizabeth Van Tam received her jab at a GP surgery in Whittlesey, near Peterborough, Cambs., at 11am this morning (Thurs).
Speaking afterwards, she said: “I was really happy to get my Covid-19 vaccine.
“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.”
Professor Van-Tam previously told how he had urged his mother to get the vaccine when her opportunity came.
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’.
Last week Prof Van Tam admitted some lockdown rules would probably be in place until late spring but believed Britain was in the “last few furlongs” of the race.
He 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.”