Marty Wilde has confirmed he’ll become one of the first celebrities to get the coronavirus vaccine.
The 81-year-old, best known for his hit single Teenager In Love, was advised by a friend to check in with his local hospital if he would be eligible for the vaccine and learned he was after giving his age and name.
He’ll now be getting the vaccine on Thursday.
Speaking to PA, Marty said in good humour: ‘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.’
Marty, father to singer Kim Wilde, will have the Covid-19 jab later this week at Lister Hospital where he was treated for a heart condition after the first lockdown.
Sharing his pride that the UK became the first country in the world to approve the vaccine, Marty said: ‘We are world leaders. That’s what we are. I can’t believe we beat America. Not only that, we also have the Oxford one to come up as well, which will be another great one.
‘At least we have got a better one than the Russians, there’s no question about that.’
The rock and roll star continued: ‘I feel a responsibility not just to my family but people like me can be useful to the public.
‘They can’t get their money back. I’ve got to be good for them. I know it sounds boring but it’s not. I really feel that.’