Singer Marty Wilde couldn’t be more proud after becoming one of the first celebrities to get the coronavirus vaccine.
The Teenager In Love received the Pfizer jab by nurse Cat Gribben at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire on Thursday afternoon.
Marty, 81, had called the NHS hotline last week after being advised by a friend to enquire if he was eligible for the vaccine.
After hearing the good news, Marty booked himself in and can now say he is one of the first stars in the world to have the injection which should prevent him from contracting Covid-19 severely.
Speaking after the vaccination, the rock and roll singer said: ‘Having just had my Covid injection I can honestly say it was an easy experience, if that’s the right word. It was painless and the staff were great.’
When asked why he was so keen to have the Pfizer jab, Marty stated: ‘Because I think it is common sense.
‘You look at the amount of people who have died over these last six to eight months and then you think how you can protect yourself. It’s common sense. The whole thing is just the right thing to do. You need an injection.’
Marty – and all the others receiving the vaccination – can expect to be given a booster jab 21 days after the first dose to ensure the best chance of being protected against the virus.
Following the first lockdown, Marty was admitted to hospital to receive treatment for a heart condition.
Praising the NHS for their care, the singer said: ‘I try and thank them whenever I see them now because they saved my life and that was very important. I would do everything I can for this hospital and also for the NHS staff. They are truly wonderful. We have got the best in the world.’
Marty had previously said: ‘This is one of the few times I am glad I am older than Cliff Richard because I am going to get my injection before that bugger does.’
The musician, real name Reginald Smith, is father to singer Kim Wilde and is best known for his hits in the 50s and 60s.
On Tuesday, 90-year-old Maggie became the first person in the world to have the Pfizer jab which was approved last week.
So far, more than 60,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the UK, while over 1.75 million cases have been confirmed.
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