att Hancock was overcome with emotion as he watched a affected person obtain the Pfizer Covid vaccine within the largest-scale immunisation programme within the UK’s historical past.
The second particular person to have the vaccine was 81-year-old William “Invoice” Shakespeare, an in-patient on the hospital’s frailty wards from Coventry who’s native to his namesake’s county of beginning, Warwickshire.
The Well being Secretary was on Good Morning Britain, which performed a clip of Mr Shakespeare receiving the jab and speaking about what it meant to him.
After it was proven, Mr Hancock appeared to a wipe a tear from his eye as he spoke to presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.
“It’s been such a troublesome 12 months for thus many individuals and there’s William Shakespeare, placing it so merely for everyone, that we will get on with our lives,” mentioned Mr Hancock as he stumbled over his phrases.
“There’s nonetheless a number of months to go – I’ve nonetheless received this fear, that we will’t blow it now Piers.
“We’ve nonetheless received to get the vaccine to hundreds of thousands of individuals and so we’ve received to maintain sticking by the principles.
“However there’s a lot work gone into this… it makes me proud to be British”.
Mr Hancock warned that it’s nonetheless unknown to what extent the Covid vaccine can stop somebody passing on the illness.
Showing on BBC Breakfast, he mentioned: “We all know that this vaccine protects the one that’s been vaccinated.
“What we don’t but know is the diploma to which the vaccine reduces the prospect of Margaret (Keenan) passing it on … asymptomatically.
“Now, we expect that that transmission danger, because it’s known as, is way diminished by being vaccinated. However we have to watch that.”
The Well being Secretary added that the Authorities will proceed monitoring knowledge reminiscent of Covid circumstances, hospital admissions and deaths.
“What we hope is that the vaccine programme, by defending folks, will sharply start to cut back the quantity of people that find yourself in hospital and naturally the quantity of people that die, and at that time we’ll be capable of begin to raise the restrictions.
“However we will’t know that till we’ve received sufficient folks vaccinated that we will see the influence on our hospitals and by way of deaths and the quantity of people that die from coronavirus.”