UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson received his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine today at the NHS vaccination centre at the Francis Crick Institute.
Johnson met with the Crick’s director Paul Nurse and chief operating officer Sam Barrell before being vaccinated by James Black, a clinician scientist based at the Crick and UCL Cancer Institute who studies lung cancer evolution.
James is one of more than 300 Crick members of staff who have been trained by the NHS in order to volunteer in the vaccination centre. “As someone who works both in the lab and the clinic, it’s been amazing to see first-hand how scientific research has changed the course of the pandemic,” said James.
The vaccination centre is operated by University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust, and UCLH chair Baroness Julia Neuberger and acting deputy chief executive and chief nurse Flo Panel-Coates greeted the Prime Minister as he entered the vaccination centre.
“It was very good that the Prime Minister chose to receive his second jab at the UCLH/Crick vaccination centre,” said Paul Nurse. “The centre is built on a foundation of collaboration between the NHS, the Crick and our partners, and the hard work of hundreds of staff and volunteers.
“We’re delighted to play a part in the UK’s successful vaccination programme. After the vaccination the Prime Minister stayed for nearly an hour discussing with Sam and myself about the pandemic and the importance of science for the UK.”
The Prime Minister is one of more than 55,000 people vaccinated at the centre, which opened in January 2021. It has the capacity to vaccinate up to 1,000 people each day and is staffed by colleagues from UCLH, the Crick, the NHS, Wellcome and the British Heart Foundation.