‘It’s the one good thing about being 80!’: Sir Tom Jones reveals he’s had the coronavirus vaccine as he jokes being first in line is the only perk of his age
Sir Tom Jones has revealed that he has had the coronavirus vaccine, joking it’s the only perk of being 80.
The Welsh singer chatted about having the jab while on Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny show on Thursday night.
After performing, Sir Tom said: ‘I’ve had my jab already. That’s one good thing about being 80, you’re first in line for the jab.’
Vaccinated: Sir Tom Jones has revealed he has had the coronavirus vaccine, saying it’s the one perk of being 80 while appearing on Jools Holland on Thursday (pictured in November 2020)
He continued: ‘It was fine, it was like getting the flu jab.’
When Jools jokingly asked if it was a legitimate vaccine, Sir Tom said: ‘It wasn’t a black market one. It was the real deal.’
Tom also said he has been looking forward to 2021 as he’s got new music to release.
‘I recorded an album just before the lockdown, at the beginning of the year. During lockdown, we’ve been mixing it and putting it together,’ he explained.
Feeling good: The Welsh legend added that getting the vaccine was ‘fine’ and ‘ like getting the flu jab’ (pictured at the Brit Awards in February 2020)
The album will be out this year, and Sir Tom added: ‘That’s what I’ll be looking forward to.’
Celeste and Michael Kiwanuka were also in the studio for the BBC2 show, which Jools said followed safety guidelines to ensure a ‘thrilling and a safe hootenanny’.
Sir Ian McKellen, 81, Michael Eavis, 85, Lionel Blair, 92, and Marty Wilde, 81, are among the other stars who have announced they have had the coronavirus jab.
After getting the vaccine at the Arts Research Centre, Queen Mary University Hospital in December, Sir Ian said: ‘It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric!’
Leading the way: Sir Ian McKellen CBE, 81, also safely received the Covid vaccine in December after it was rolled out
He went on: ‘Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations.
‘The take-up amongst the older generation will be 100 per cent – it ought to be – because you’re having it not just for yourself but for people who you are close to – you’re doing your bit for society.
‘Of course, it’s painless… it’s convenient, and getting in touch and meeting NHS staff and saying thank you to them for how hard they’ve been working is a bonus.
‘I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone. I feel very lucky to have had the vaccine.’
While entertaining legend Lionel was also positive as he was filmed beaming as he had the vaccination.
Injected: Veteran star Lionel Blair, 92, has also received the first of two COVID vaccine jabs
Getting protected: Celebrity chef Prue Leith, 80, uploaded a picture of a male nurse giving her the Pfizer/BioNTech injection back in December
He later said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when they called me. It’s next week and then the next one is in January and here I am. I’m just … thinking, thank God I live here.’
Lionel looked delighted as he was tended to by a nurse, who pulled his sleeve up and administered the jab, which he admitted was ‘fine’.
Also known to have had their first jabs for the vaccine are Bake Off’s Prue Leith, 80, Jack Whitehall’s father Michael, also 80, and TV’s Dr Amir Khan who had his during an episode of Lorraine.
The vaccine is the biggest breakthrough since the pandemic began, potentially saving tens of thousands of lives.
The country-wide vaccination programme is the largest in NHS history and just like other routine vaccines, works by teaching the immune system how to defend itself against attack.
The vaccine is given as an injection into the upper arm and is given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart.
An effective vaccine will be the best way to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19 and the UK’s roll out only began when the Pfizer vaccine, which has been trialled on around 45,000 people, was confirmed to have met the strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which enabled it to be given to the public.
The UK’s vaccination programme will build up steadily in the weeks ahead and will gradually be extended to more and more people in order of age and risk.
To help, people must wait to be contacted – the NHS will let people know when it’s their turn to have the vaccine.
Thanks: TV producer Michael Whitehall, 80, praised the ‘kind and wonderful’ NHS staff who helped him while at a hospital in London getting the jab earlier in December
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