"How did you get it so soon at your age?"
Social media users have questioned Amir Khan about how he managed to jump the queue to get his Covid-19 vaccine.
The boxer revealed on March 10, 2021, that he received his vaccine, posting a picture on social media.
He captioned the post: “Finally got my Covid vaccine. Feel fantastic #Staysafe #nhs #nhsstaff #thankyou.”
However, his post led to questions from fans about how he got his vaccination early when the UK’s rollout only expanded to over-60s at the end of February 2021.
Meanwhile, Amir is a professional athlete with no known health conditions.
Officially, only people in certain at-risk groups are eligible to get vaccines, including over-55s, health workers and carers.
But Amir Khan is one of several examples of young and apparently healthy people getting vaccinated.
Following Amir’s post, hundreds of netizens questioned the apparent queue jump.
One said: “How did you get it so soon at your age?”
Another said: “What? A healthy young man before 55-year-olds? Nice one.”
One comment read: “How come? Lots of people older and more vulnerable than a fit fighter? I don’t get it mate? Still waiting for mine?”
Another questioned the nurse, who was seen without gloves and without her hair tied back.
“Is she a nurse or a model? Messy hair no gloves?”
Amir reportedly called a GP surgery and managed to get a vaccine.
His father Shah explained that the boxer was able to get the jab after approaching his doctor and saying that he is visiting his mother, who was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in January 2021.
Shah told the Daily Mail:
“Obviously Amir’s mother is very sick and he spends time around her so he, and even I and the rest of the family have had our shots.
“He’s not a carer for her but he spends time with her.
“I don’t know the ins and outs but I know he approached his doctor and explained the situation.”
In areas making fast progress on the age-based rollout, vaccines may be easier to come by.
Some places are far ahead and moving through the middle-aged populations while others are behind.
In Greater Manchester, where Amir Khan lives, the NHS has vaccinated over 96% of over-70s and 86% of over-65s, meaning it ranks highly.
According to the guidance, carers will be offered the vaccine if they get carers allowance or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person “whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill”.
However, official NHS policy does not allow for jabs to be routinely offered to people with sick family members.
But local NHS boards are doing their own rollouts in some ways.
They are offering leftover vaccine appointments to people outside of the official categories.
People have found themselves vaccinated by being in the right place at the right time, while others have been contacted by doctors ahead of schedule, either deliberately or by accident.