Esther Rantzen says she’s ‘relieved’ vaccine appointment is delayed

Lockdown: Esther Rantzen discusses over 50s restrictions

The Childline founder, 80, said: “I really want my second jab to protect somebody who needs it more than me.” The UK’s chief medical officers say the first dose offers “substantial” protection, and schedules have been altered so more people can have a first jab.

Rather than providing the required two doses in as short a time as possible, the second dose of both the Oxford/AstraZeneca and the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines will now be within 12 weeks of the first.

Dame Esther was due for her second dose on January 13 but yesterday it was postponed.

The British Society for Immunology said that while it would prefer the original dosing schedules were followed, it accepted the rationale for the change.

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It comes as the Prime Minister revealed 1.3 million people have received the jab, including a quarter of all over 80s. 

Mr Johnson said that although 1.2 million people are infected, the vaccination programme will provide the path out. 

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