"I have tested positive for Covid."
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has revealed he has tested positive for Covid-19 despite having had both vaccinations.
He has said he has mild symptoms.
On July 17, 2021, he wrote on Twitter:
“This morning I tested positive for Covid.
“I’m waiting for my PCR result, but thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild.
“Please make sure you come forward for your vaccine if you haven’t already.”
Mr Javid got the positive test from a lateral flow test that he took after feeling “a bit groggy”. He says he is now self-isolating at home with his family.
Mr Javid had his first Oxford-AstraZeneca jab on March 17 and was given his second dose on May 16.
In a video, the Health Secretary said:
“I just wanted to inform you all that I have tested positive for Covid.
“I was feeling a bit groggy last night so I took a lateral flow test this morning and it’s come back positive.
“So I’m now self-isolating at home with my family until I get the results of a PCR test.
“I’m grateful that I’ve had two doses of the vaccine and so far my symptoms are very mild.”
“And I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone that’s been involved in our national vaccine rollout programme, truly the best of its kind anywhere in the world.”
This morning I tested positive for Covid. I’m waiting for my PCR result, but thankfully I have had my jabs and symptoms are mild.
Please make sure you come forward for your vaccine if you haven’t already. pic.twitter.com/NJYMg2VGzT
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) July 17, 2021
He added: “If you haven’t had your jabs yet, please get out there and get them as soon as you can.
“And if like me, you might feel a bit groggy or you think you might have come into contact with someone who might has tested positive, please take a lateral flow test too.
“If everyone plays their part, you’re not only protecting yourselves and your loved ones but you’re also safeguarding the NHS and helping to preserve our way of life.”
The news comes just two days before all lockdown restrictions in England are lifted.
Dubbed ‘Freedom Day’, the move has prompted concern as daily Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
Sajid Javid was named Health Secretary just 90 minutes after Matt Hancock resigned after leaked CCTV footage showed him kissing his aide.
Following his appointment, Mr Javid stated that he was for the lifting of restrictions.
He had said England must “take advantage” of the effectiveness of the vaccines and “learn to live” with the virus.