Tory MP, 40, boasts on Facebook that he has already received a Covid-19 vaccine after being given a leftover shot following an afternoon volunteering at a hospitalBrendan Clarke-Smith said he was offered the vaccine while volunteering at a Nottingham hospital on FridayThe 40-year-old said he was told leftover doses would be thrown away if not usedHe said he hoped posting about getting the jab on Facebook would encourage others to get vaccinated

A Tory MP has been given the coronavirus vaccine even though he is only 40. 

Brendan Clarke-Smith said he received the jab, despite being too young for the current rollout, to prevent it going to waste.

The Bassetlaw MP posted on Facebook that he spent Friday afternoon volunteering at Retford Hospital, Nottinghamshire.

There were some leftover doses that would have been thrown away if not used. 

‘They offered me a vaccination so I don’t put people at risk while continuing to volunteer,’ he told a newspaper.

Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the Prime Minister was not aware of the circumstances of the case but that, in general, spare vaccines should be given to the most vulnerable. 

A Tory MP has been given the coronavirus vaccine even though he is only 40. Brendan Clarke-Smith (pictured) said he received the jab, despite being too young for the current rollout, to prevent it going to waste

Clarke-Smith (pictured receiving vaccine) said he spent Friday afternoon volunteering at Retford Hospital, Nottinghamshire. There were some leftover doses that would have been thrown away if not used so he was offered a vaccine

‘We have asked providers to have back-up lists of patients and staff in the [priority groups], so it’s ready to give them if there are any vaccines available at short notice,’ he said. 

The first four groups to get the vaccine are meant to be older care home residents and carers; those over 80 and frontline health and social care workers; people over 75; those over 70 and people seen as very clinically vulnerable.

In his Facebook post, Mr Clarke-Smith wrote: ‘As a volunteer I was also asked to have a vaccine.

‘Many people have asked me about the safety of vaccines and I have always said that my family and I would all have no problem having one.

In his Facebook post, Mr Clarke-Smith wrote: ‘As a volunteer I was also asked to have a vaccine. ‘Many people have asked me about the safety of vaccines and I have always said that my family and I would all have no problem having one’

‘They offered me a vaccination so I don’t put people at risk while continuing to volunteer,’ Clarke-Smith (pictured right) told The Guardian. Clarke-Smith has been volunteering at a hospital in Nottingham

‘Some have suggested that politicians should test them out first – although they are usually the same people who then say politicians get preferential treatment, so I suppose it’s difficult to win!

‘I hope having the vaccine today will reassure people and that everybody who is offered a vaccine will take this up.’

Asked whether he received the vaccine because his volunteer role put him in the category of frontline staff, or because there were spare vaccines left, Mr Clarke-Smith MP said it was the latter.

He told The Guardian: ‘I have just started volunteering at a local vaccination centre in my constituency.

‘At the end of a day of volunteering there were some left-over vaccinations and rather than letting them go to waste they offered me a vaccination so I don’t put people at risk while continuing to volunteer.’

Clarke-Smith shared several photos from his volunteering on Facebook, including the appointment card marking the date he received the first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

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