Boris Johnson wouldn’t rule out having a Covid-19 vaccine live on TV, his press secretary has said.
But he also wouldn’t want to take one if it meant someone higher up the priority list would have their jab delayed.
It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock tentatively agreed to having his jab televised, when he does come to have it.
Allegra Stratton, the Downing Street Press Secretary said she was unsure which tier of the priority list the PM was in.
But it’s thought that at age 56, he would be in the sixth tier.
He may be in a higher priority tier if his weight still makes him clinically obese, as he was when he was admitted to hospital with the disease earlier this year.
Ms Stratton said Mr Johnson spent a lot of the time during his recent ten-day bout of self-isolation “on the treadmill” when he wasn’t working on government business – and has lost some weight as a result.
But she said she’d have to check whether he was still heavy enough to qualify for a quicker vaccine.
Asked whether he’d agree to take the vaccine on TV, she said: “We all know the character of the Prime Minister and I don’t think it would be something he would rule out.”
The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) updated the list of priorities today, after the vaccine was approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA).
First in line will be care home residents and carers, followed by people over 80 and frontline health and care workers.
Next will be the over 75s, followed by the over 70s and the extremely clinically vulnerable.
People over 65 will be next, with people with underlying health conditions following after.