Michael Eavis has called on the public to get vaccinated against coronavirus so they can celebrate ‘Glastonbury style’, after receiving the jab himself on New Year’s Eve.
The 85-year-old festival founder was one of the first people in the UK to get the vaccine, which he received at a GP-led community vaccination site at Mendip District Council offices in Shepton Mallet, close to where the festival takes place in Somerset.
Offering a glimmer of hope, Eavis said the festival, which was cancelled this year due to Covid-19, might return in 2021 if enough of the population was vaccinated.
The music festival icon and dairy farmer said: ‘It is amazing to be in one of the first groups of people to have the Covid-19 vaccine in Somerset. It is great that everyone across the country will be offered the vaccine in due course.
‘It is really important that everyone takes the opportunity to have the free vaccine when it is offered to them – it is our only real chance of protecting ourselves and our friends and family from this disease.
‘As far as the festival is concerned, wouldn’t it be wonderful to get the majority of our population vaccinated before June 2021, so that we can celebrate next summer in proper “Glastonbury style”.’
Eavis thanked staff and volunteers at the ‘very well organised’ vaccination centre after getting his jab..
He added: ‘I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, including all the wonderful volunteers.’
Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary edition, featuring headliners Sir Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, was cancelled during the summer because of the pandemic.
Eavis and his daughter Emily, who now runs much of the festival’s operations, have said they aim to have the event back at Worthy Farm in June.
However, Sir Paul recently cast his own doubts over the 2021 event, saying that he is unsure if it will go ahead.
Speaking to John Wilson on Radio 4 in December about the possibility of touring in the near future, the 78-year-old Beatles star appeared to suggest that Glastonbury is cancelled for 2021.
Wilson said that, while that wasn’t official, ‘it’s not looking likely’.
The Mull of Kintyre singer said: ‘This is the problem. The thing we do is we get 100,000 people closely packed together with flags and no masks. Talk about super-spreader.
‘So you know, that’s gonna be difficult as to how people do that.’
Wilson asked whether the Glastonbury date was in his diary for 2021, with the star replying: ‘Well, I’d love it to be but I have a feeling it’s not going to be.’
Glasto organiser Emily also recently admitted the team is ‘quite a long way from being able to say we’re confident 2021 will go ahead’, no doubt upsetting music fans hopeful for the event’s return this year.
Other celebrities including actor Sir Ian McKellen, 81, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, 80, and rock and roll star Marty Wilde, 81, have also shared their experiences of being given the vaccine.
The rollout of the vaccine has begun in the UK – starting with healthcare workers, people living in care homes and the elderly.
Those receiving the Pfizer vaccine will be given a booster jab at least 21 days after their first dose.
The vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca was also approved this week.
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