Posh granddad who went viral after Covid jab gets second dose and jokes 'now I can start behaving badly'

A POSH British grandad who shot to global fame after getting his first Covid vaccine jab joked "I can behave badly now" after receiving his second dose.

Martin Kenyon, 91, was hailed as a "national treasure" after his interview with CNN outside Guy's Hospital in London went viral last month.

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He cold-called Guy's on the day the Pfizer-BioNtech coronavirus vaccine was rolled out and they told him to come in.

Martin charmed viewers after telling a US reporter about his "rather nasty lunch", parking problems and hopes he was “not going to have the bloody bug now”.

The interview sparked calls for the grandad-of-two to get a cameo on The Crown and a show-stopping appearance on GMB when he asked Piers Morgan "who are you?".

After his second Covid vaccine jab three weeks later, Martin, from Stockwell, South London. told The Guardian: "In a few days I will be immune. I don’t think I’ll pass anything on to anybody else.

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"I suppose it means I can do all sorts of things now. I can behave badly, now. I do most of the time, but generally in secret.

"I am, of course being very frivolous. But it’s new year, and I think we’ve got to cheer it up a bit.”

Martin says he can now look forward to hugging his two "enchanting" grandchildren.

The former anti-apartheid campaigner was a worldwide hit after his matter-of-fact interview in December.

He told a CNN reporter who stopped him outside the hospital: "I rang up Guy's Hospital, which I know very well as I've lived in London most of my grown life. and I said you're doing the vaccination and they said yes.

"Then they spent time asking me some questions about this and that..not very interesting and I said yes, no, yes, no and they said come at half past 12.

"Well of course, I couldn't damn well find anywhere to park my car so I was late.

"Anyway I'm here now and I got inside and they duly put me down on the list and I went off and had a rather nasty lunch and then came back, and they were ready for me."

Martin returned to Guy's for his second dose of the vaccine last week, but was able to park his "super little car" easily this time.

He said the hospital had "become quite a machine" as Britain's vaccine programme ramps up.

Martin said: "When I went to get the first one, I was the only person there, I think.

"There was one man there, with a pencil and some paper and writing down a few names. This time it was very different. Very efficient.

“This time, I was able to park absolutely outside the main building in a special slot. So, all was well. It was very painless.”

More than a million people in the UK have now been given a vaccine against COVID-19.

Boris Johnson's target is to deliver two million jabs a week, with Brian Pinker the first person to receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine when it was rolled yesterday.

More than half a million doses of the Ocvaccine were ready for use on Monday.

After his second injection, Martin added: "Now, I don’t have to think about it again. It’s all done.

"I am going to survive, and I’m looking at lovely pictures of my two delightful daughters and my two enchanting grandchildren”.


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