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Boris Johnson Leaves Hospital After First Dose of AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson received his first dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine at St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Friday, March 19, and took to Twitter to encourage others to do the same.

Chris Woods captured this video as Johnson left the London hospital on Friday evening, stopping to chat to media outside. Johnson praised his nurse and said he “did not feel a thing.”

“Everybody, when you do get your notification to go for a jab, please go and get it,” he said.

On Twitter, the prime minister thanked the “incredible scientists, NHS staff and volunteers who helped make this happen.”

“Getting the jab is the best thing we can do to get back to the lives we miss so much,” Johnson wrote. “Let’s get the jab done.” Credit: Chris Woods via Storyful

Video Transcript

- How did it go, Prime Minister?

BORIS JOHNSON: Oh, good. Good evening, Liddy. Well, [INAUDIBLE] they all say this, but I literally-- she said-- I had a wonderful nurse [INAUDIBLE]. She said you're going to feel the shot, but I literally did not feel a thing.

And so it was very good, very quick. And you know what I'm going to say. I cannot recommend it too highly. Everybody, when you do get your notification to go for a jab, please go and get it because it's the best thing for you and the best thing for your family and [INAUDIBLE].

Thanks very much, everybody.

- What would you say to people who are nervous because of all the clinical side effects, however rare they might be?

BORIS JOHNSON: Yeah, I really don't-- I think you should listen-- don't just listen to me. Listen to all the scientists. Listen to what the European Medicines Agency had to say yesterday, to what the MHRA has said. The risk is COVID. This is a-- this is a great thing to do. Thank you [INAUDIBLE] so much. Thank you.