A slew of European countries have restarted the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after it was declared 'safe and effective' by multiple agencies. 

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to receive his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine later today. 

The European Medicines Agency has said the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is a ‘safe and effective vaccine' after its use was suspended by multiple countries.

Here are some of the famous faces who have had this vaccine - and the Pfizer jab - so far:

– Amir Khan

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Bolton boxer Amir did not reveal which jab he had but was happy to pose up while receiving the vaccine in Bolton

His father Shah said: "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."

– Dame Joan Collins


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Receiving the AstraZeneca jab was “painless and seamless,” the veteran actress, 87, announced on Instagram.

Dame Joan received her vaccination on the same day the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were vaccinated at Windsor Castle.

– Alan Titchmarsh

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Alan Titchmarsh receives the vaccine (Ross Turner/PA)

The broadcaster and gardener, 71, urged people to “do your bit” after receiving the vaccine at a fire station in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in February.

– Stephen Fry

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Stephen Fry is given the Covid-19 jab at a new vaccination centre inside Westminster Abbey (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

While receiving his own dose of the Oxford vaccine at Westminster Abbey, the comedian and actor joked that, as a Cambridge University alumnus, he would have to “put petty rivalries behind me”.

– Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

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The musical impresario, 72, took part in trials for the Oxford coronavirus vaccine and later he was told he had had the real jab and not the placebo.

He told Good Morning Britain that he was now “teeming” with antibodies.

– Nick Hewer

The Apprentice and Countdown star, 76, praised the “amazing efficiency” of the vaccination centre at Lord’s Cricket ground where he received his AstraZeneca jab, writing on Twitter: “I was in and out in about 7 minutes (honestly).”

– Lloyd Grossman

The 70-year-old broadcaster and author, known widely for his range of cooking sauces, was given the injection at North Cotswold Hospital, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, in February.

– The Duchess of Cornwall

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Camilla revealed she was given the AstraZeneca vaccine during a visit to a pop-inoculation centre in London, saying it “didn’t matter” which sort people received.

The Prince of Wales has also been vaccinated, as have the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

– Diane Abbott

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Former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has told the PA news agency she had her first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine ‘three weeks ago’ (Dominc Lipinski/PA)

Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbott, 67, has also been immunised.

The former shadow home secretary told the PA news agency on Thursday: “I had my first injection of the AstraZeneca vaccine three weeks ago”.

– Sir Keir Starmer

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer receives his first dose of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from a midwife (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The Labour leader, 58, insisted people should feel confident in taking the vaccine, after receiving his first dose of the Oxford University jab in his constituency on Sunday.

“I think the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, the experts are telling us it is safe and I would urge everybody who is invited to come forward to have the vaccine,” he said.

– Sajid Javid

The former chancellor of the Exchequer thanked volunteers, the armed forces, NHS England and the Oxford/AstraZeneca team as he joined the 25,000,000 people to receive the vaccine.

– Sanjeev Bhaskar

The comedian and actor took part in a video encouraging ethnic minority communities to get the Covid vaccine, which was shown simultaneously across several UK TV channels last month.

On March 4, he tweeted a picture of himself getting the jab, saying: “I got the point! Safe clinic, medical chat beforehand to ask questions, painless injection. No side effects apart from a love of wordplay.  Obviously I got the Pun-JAB!”

Two days later, Mr Bhaskar posted another photo in a tweet that began “#AstraZeneca update. Pretty knackered from yesterday & a bit achey but that could also have been from early & long filming days (freezing & with really uncomfortable footwear!) beforehand.”

He added he was “back to normal today”, and thanked the NHS worker who gave him the jab.

– Sir Simon Stevens

The NHS chief executive, 54, is among 2.4 million people aged 50 to 54 who are now eligible for a vaccine, and said he was “personally delighted” to receive the Oxford vaccine.

He said the jab he received on Thursday at Westminster Abbey’s vaccination site was “quick, painless and effective”.