Countdown legend Carol Vorderman, 60, struggled to fight back tears as she discussed her “emotional experience”. Wearing a mask, she told her 457,000 followers she’d had her first dose of the vaccine in Bristol. “I’ve had my jab and can I just say thank you – it’s quite an emotional thing really,” she said.
“So many people here are volunteers from St John’s Ambulance to nursing staff, the lad who was helping me is joining the police force tomorrow.
“These are people with a sense of duty and service, and they are doing the best for all of us.”
She added: “It’s just an extraordinary system here at Ashton Gate in Bristol.
“Thank you everybody – it’s really meaningful.”
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Carol added the staff had said they want to vaccinate as many people as they can.
“That’s why they are doing it, so we are all protected and safe from this terrible thing, that has been going on for the last year,” she continued.
The presenter went on to thank the NHS and all those involved with the vaccination process.
She captioned the post: “I’ve had my jab… an emotional experience because of the smiles and joy in the faces of all the volunteers here at @ashtongatestad in Bristol.
“Sending love,” a third added.
Another thanked the former Countdown maths whizz for inspiring others to get it done.
Carol joins the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Billy Connolly and Prue Leith, as well as royals Prince Charles and Camilla and the Queen – who have now all had their first dose of the jab.
The Queen discussed her experience with the jab this week, telling doctors on a virtual call: “Well, as far as I can make out it was quite harmless.
“It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine.”
She continued: “It didn’t hurt at all.”
The monarch added she understood getting a jab could be a “difficult” experience for some, but urged people to “think about other people rather than themselves”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to give an announcement regarding the vaccine rollout this evening.
He is expected to outline who will be next to receive the jab after the top priority groups are all vaccinated.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is hopeful every adult in the UK will have received their first dose by July 31.