‘National treasure’ UK grandad urges people to ‘cheer up’ after ...

BRITISH grandfather Martin Kenyon, has called on people to "cheer it up a bit" after becoming one of few to receive a second coronavirus vaccine dose.

PUBLISHED: 06:03, Wed, Jan 6, 2021 | UPDATED: 07:18, Wed, Jan 6, 2021

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Coronavirus vaccine: UK grandfather discusses receiving jab

Mr Kenyon, 91, had been called a “national treasure” after a charming interview with reporters outside a London hospital last month. It comes as the UK continues its coronavirus jab rollout with two vaccines available – its domestically-produced Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and the US Pfizer/BioNTech jab.


After receiving his first coronavirus vaccine dose last month, Mr Kenyon was stopped by CNN’s Cyril Vanier outside Guy’s Hospital in London.

Asked about his experience and how he went about securing a vaccine booking, Mr Kenyon revealed he had phoned the hospital out of the blue and simply asked.

He told the reporter: “I rang up Guy's Hospital, which I know very well as I've lived in London most of my grown-up life, and I said 'What's this thing you're doing, the vaccination?' and they said 'Yes’.”

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Martin Kenyon interviewGrandfather Martin Kenyon (R) in the widely-shared CNN interview (Image: Twitter / CNN / @oliverdarcy)

Mr Kenyon also remarked how he was late for the appointment because “I couldn’t damn well find anywhere to park my car”.

Asked how he felt about being among the first people in the world to have received the Pfizer vaccine, Mr Kenyon responded: “I don’t think I feel about it all, except that I hope I’m not going to have the bloody bug now.

“I don’t intend to have it because I’ve got granddaughters and I want to live a long time to enjoy their lives.”

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Guy's hospital LondonMr Kenyon said he simply phoned up Guy's Hospital in London, pictured, and asked for a vaccine (Image: Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty)

The interview sparked joy online, with CNN’s social media reporter

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