Sir Tom Jones has revealed one of the ‘perks’ of being 80 is that he’s now been one of the first in the world to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.
The Sex Bomb crooner revealed the news on Jools Holland overnight, as he performed on the New Year’s Eve Hootenanny broadcast.
Insisting it was ‘the real deal’, Sir Tom was pretty non-plussed about the whole thing, describing it as something pretty similar to the flu vaccination.
Over 80s are the first eligible group for the Covid-19 vaccine, with NHS staff and care home staff among those given priority.
Sir Tom joins the list of many famous famous to have had the coronavirus vaccine, after the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, Lionel Blair and Marty Wilde shared they’d had the jab.
The music icon said: ‘I’ve had my jab already.
‘That’s one good thing about being 80, you’re first in line for the jab.
‘It was fine, it was like getting the flu jab.’
When Jools jokingly asked if it was a legitimate vaccine, Sir Tom said: ‘It wasn’t a black market one. It was the real deal.’
Much like the rest of us, holding out hope this year it going to be better than the one we’ve just come through, the singer said he has been looking forward to 2021.
He said: ‘I recorded an album just before the lockdown, at the beginning of the year.
‘During lockdown, we’ve been mixing it and putting it together.’
Adding the album will be out this year, Sir Tom added that’s what he’ll be looking forward to.
Sir Ian was pictured having his vaccine and later said that he ‘feels euphoric’ after being injected and getting to thank the NHS staff firsthand who have been busy working on the frontline this year.
‘It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric – anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccination,’ Sir Ian said.
‘The take up amongst the older generation will be 100% – it ought to be, because you’re having it not just for yourself, but for people who you are close to. You’re doing your bit for society.’
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