Matt Hancock has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine from Jonathan Van-Tam, one of his closest advisers.

The health secretary was given the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine at the Science Museum by the deputy chief medical officer, who has won new fans during the pandemic for his love of metaphors and the non-league football team he supports, Boston United.

Hancock, 42, pumped his fist in delight and declared that he could “barely feel it”.

Van-Tam told him to “please remember to come back in 12 weeks”, to which Hancock replied: “I’ve got it booked in already.”

Describing the experience as a “privilege”, the health secretary added: “It didn’t hurt a bit, just like the Queen said. Barely a scratch.”

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