Sajid Javid, who tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully-vaccinated, said the vaccine is “the reason that I’m here today” and urged more young people to get inoculated.
The Health Secretary told the PA news agency: “My own experience, I think, is a good example, a reminder really, that by getting vaccinated you do absolutely reduce your own chances of getting a positive test result, of course, but you can still get the virus.
“But there’s no doubt that the reason that I’m here today, some 10 days after I had that positive test result, feeling absolutely fine, is because of the vaccines.
“My symptoms have been very mild and the latest information we have is that the vaccines in the UK, they’ve stopped 11 million infections, they’ve stopped 57,000 people from going to hospital and 37,000 people from dying.
“The vaccines are working.”
He also said young people should think of vaccines as a “liberating” way of protecting yourself and your loved ones, and would help the return to normality.