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Sir Billy Connolly, 78, receives coronavirus vaccine

Sir Billy Connolly has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, with his wife sharing a photo of the Scottish comedian getting the jab.

Pamela Stephenson revealed in a post on social media that Sir Billy was now one dose down – with the second one needing to be administered before he has protection.

She shared an image of the 78-year-old – who has Parkinson’s disease – wearing a mask as he sat with his sleeve rolled up and a plaster on his arm.

Alongside the image, Stephenson wrote: ‘Thank God… Billy had his first Covid vaccine today!’

Sir Billy joins famous faces including actress Dame Judi Dench, broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith and entertainer Lionel Blair in receiving the vaccine.

Hollywood star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also shared a video of him receiving the jab earlier this week.

 

So far in the UK, more than 2million people have received the vaccine.

Sir Billy, who lives in the US, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013 and retired from live performances five years later.

Last month he told the PA news agency he feels ‘happy in his skin’ after making the ‘obvious’ decision to retire following his diagnosis.

The Big Yin was recently honoured with a handful of celebrity tributes in ITV documentary It’s Been A Pleasure, with the likes of Sheridan Smith and Dustin Hoffman in tears talking about the beloved comedian.

The special, which aired in December, marked his final public ‘performance’ after stepping down from touring in 2018.

During the documentary, Billy opens up about his battle with Parkinson’s, saying it will eventually ‘end him’.

‘It was obvious from my movement, that I wasn’t who I used to be. And so I had to explain it.. just to say that I am not defined by it,’ he said.

‘It’s got me and it will get me and it will end me but that’s OK with me. It’s got me and it will get me and it will end me but that’s OK with me.

‘I started low and I ended high. Just staying up there, until it is time to stop, seems a natural and good thing to do. It is a good thing to be proud of, I wanted to be a funnyman and I got it.’

Looking down the camera, he added: ‘It’s been a pleasure talking to you all those years. From the beginning when I was a folkie, right through, I couldn’t have done anything without you. You have been magnificent.’

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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