91-year-old London grandfather who was among the many first to obtain the Covid-19 vaccination at the moment has gone viral after he instructed a information channel he received the jab as a result of “there’s no level in dying now once I’ve lived this lengthy, is there?”
Throughout a broadcast this afternoon, CNN spoke to Martin Kenyon exterior of Guys Hospital in London Bridge.
He described how he rang up the hospital and requested for the vaccination. The grandfather stated he was late for his appointment as he couldn’t discover parking, however employees had been pleased to see him regardless.
He instructed the information channel: “I rang up Guys hospital, which I do know very nicely as I’ve lived in London most of my grown up life. And I stated what is that this factor you’re doing, the vaccination?
“They requested me questions on this and that, not very attention-grabbing. They usually stated nicely come at 12.30. Course I couldn’t rattling nicely discover wherever to park my automobile so I used to be late. Anyway, I’m right here now. I received inside they usually put me on the listing and I went off and had a relatively nasty lunch. After which got here again they usually had been prepared for me.”
About whether or not it damage, he added: “No, it didn’t damage in any respect. I didn’t know the needle had gone in till it got here out.”
Requested how he felt about being one of many first on this planet to be given the jab, Mr Kenyon stated: “I don’t assume I really feel about it in any respect. I hope I’m not going to have the bloody bug now. I don’t intend to have it, I’ve granddaughters and I wish to dwell a very long time to get pleasure from their lives.”
He stated he hadn’t seen his household a lot in latest months, including: “I’ve not hugged them. I’m going residence to inform them now, nobody is aware of [I got the vaccine] – you’re the first to know. They don’t know I’ve been right here at the moment.”
When requested why he received the vaccine – he quipped: “Effectively, there’s no level in dying now once I’ve lived this lengthy, is there?”
Numerous Twitter customers praised Mr Kenyon’s look, with Bradley writing: “This man is wonderful, I had a really nasty lunch they usually had been prepared for me.”
One other wrote: “Awwww. I really like him. He appears to be like higher than most 80 12 months olds!! Other than the very fact he nonetheless must be carrying a masks, this made my coronary heart pleased. Good job, Martin! I hope he will get a yummy dinner to offset that nasty lunch. Lol.”
Jabs shall be administered at 70 hospital hubs throughout the UK from at the moment – dubbed “V-Day” by Well being Secretary Matt Hancock.
Mrs Keenan, who turns 91 subsequent week and has a daughter, a son and 4 grandchildren, obtained the vaccine from nurse Could Parsons at College Hospital in Coventry.
Identified to household and mates as Maggie, Mrs Keenan stated: “I really feel so privileged to be the primary individual vaccinated towards Covid-19.
“It’s the very best early birthday current I might want for as a result of it means I can lastly look ahead to spending time with my household and mates within the new 12 months after being alone for a lot of the 12 months.
“I can’t thank Could and the NHS employees sufficient who’ve sorted me tremendously, and my recommendation to anybody supplied the vaccine is to take it – if I can have it at 90 then you may have it too.”
“There’s nothing to be nervous about.”
He instructed Good Morning Britain: “We’ve nonetheless received to get the vaccine to thousands and thousands of individuals and so we’ve received to maintain sticking by the principles.
“However there’s a lot work gone into this and I’m actually, actually … it makes you proud to be British.”