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Mary Berry, 85, thinks everyone should ‘think of others’ and take Covid-19 vaccine after own battle with polio

Mary Berry has urged anybody who is offered the Covid-19 vaccine to take it.

The 85-year-old and her husband Paul, 88, have both got their jabs against coronavirus, and the Great British Bake Off star said that nobody should ‘query’ the vaccine.

Speaking to Radio Times, Mary said: ‘I was so pleased, particularly for my husband. I would encourage everyone, if it’s offered to them, to definitely have the vaccine.’

The baking queen contracted polio aged 13, and spent three months in hospital, with the disease resulting in a twisted spine and a weak left hand.

Her experience with the disease, which causes muscle weakness and, in severe cases, paralysis, has given Mary more reasons to be grateful for the vaccine.

She said: ‘I had polio, but now almost the whole world is vaccinated against it. If you’re in a hospital like I was, with people in callipers, people in pain, people who weren’t going to get better – I think everyone should take the vaccine, not query it, and think of others.’

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Mary had polio aged 13 (Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s, and in 2002, Europe was declared polio-free, although poliomyelitis has yet to be eradicated.

Speaking about her experience with polio, Mary explained: ‘I was immensely fortunate. I only had it on my left side, and I’ve got a funny left hand. Everybody thinks I’ve got arthritis.

‘I look a bit funny when I’m rolling pastry, but I have no other difficulties whatsoever. I mean, I’m not as good at sport as I was, but I was let off very lightly. I’m grateful.’

Back in October, it was confirmed that Mary will be made a Dame, after being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Celebrity Best Home Cook starts next week (Picture: BBC)

She said at the time: ‘I am absolutely overwhelmed to receive this very great honour. For most of my life I have been lucky enough to follow my passion to teach cookery through books and the media.

‘I just wish my parents and brothers were here to share my joy, as my only achievement at school was just one O-level in cookery of course!

‘However, I am sure they are looking down and smiling. I will celebrate with my husband and family very soon.’

Mary will be back on our screens next week, as she returns to judge Celebrity Best Home Cook on BBC One.

The wholesome cookery show is getting its first celebrity edition, with stars including Ed Balls, Ferne McCann and Gareth Thomas hoping to impress with their culinary skills.

To ensure that she was kept safe amid the pandemic, Mary judged the contest from a viewing platform over the kitchen – complete with binoculars.

Only the best for Bezza.

Celebrity Best Home Cook begins on BBC One on January 26. 


Credit: Original article published here.

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