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Boris Johnson’s father Stanley is set to get his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine today, he has said.
The former MEP, who turned 80 five months ago, said he was “very much looking forward to” following up his first jab on December 18.
Asked if he was due for his second dose today he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “Indeed I am.
“I had my first jab on December 18, I guess three weeks on is today, and I’m very much looking forward to it.
“I don’t have to go far, and I think I’m going to be fancy free after that.”
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It was not immediately clear why Mr Johnson Sr was receiving his second dose despite a change in government policy about dose timings.
People given the Pfizer vaccine were originally told they would get a booster three weeks later, but that was delayed on December 30.
The UK’s four Chief Medical Officers said second doses would now be administered “towards the end” of a 12-week period, in order to get more people through the doors for a first dose in a shorter space of time.
Bizarrely Mr Johnson Senior – who has been pictured without a mask in public places – admitted he was “not quite clear” on the lockdown rules for vaccinated people, despite his own son making the rules.
“One thing [that’s] not quite clear on me is what rules will apply,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain. "Do we have a get out of jail free card… I think probably not. I think the rules will still have to be locked down.”
He had to be immediately corrected by GMB host Kate Garraway.
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Stanley Johnson, father of Prime Minister Boris Johnson (file photo)
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No10 have made clear the new national lockdown applies to everyone in England, regardless of whether they have had a jab.
It comes as the UK ramps up its bid to give 14million vulnerable people their first vaccine dose by February 15.
Immunising the group – over-70s, care home residents, shielders and NHS and care staff – could prevent 88% of Covid-19 deaths.
Over-80s such as Mr Johnson Sr are at the top of the priority list, along with elderly care home residents and their carers.
Mr Johnson Sr said: "I'm very reassured by the fact that we have got a grip on the vaccination programme.
He admitted his mask often falls down over his nose, which is not the right way of wearing it
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"Someone has said, 'give us the tools and we'll finish the jab'… so I'm confident that we'll get there, and we'll get there by Easter."
Asked about his social distancing practices Mr Johnson said: "Sometimes the mask slips, as you know… I have a prominent nose and it's not always easy to keep it all covered."
Mr Johnson Sr also defended his "sentimental and symbolic" decision to apply for French citizenship after Brexit.
“My thought is that at this moment we certainly don't need to be anti-European," he told Good Morning Britain.
"This is a little, tiny gesture by me to build the bridge, faire le pont, I think you might say.
"I think ( Boris Johnson ) should be jolly pleased. His middle name… is after my French grandmother. As a matter of fact I think he's lived most of his life as an American.
"He's perfectly aware of this… it's a nice idea."