The 96-year-old Cornwall D-Day veteran has a Covid vaccine to set an example.

A 96-year-old D-Day veteran chose to be one of the first in Cornwall to receive the Covid vaccination so that he could “set an example”.

Hundreds of priority patients over 80 were the first to receive the Pfizer vaccine today (Tuesday December 15) at primary care practices in Truro, St. Austell and Bodmin.

Royal Navy veteran Gordon Fowle was vaccinated by Julie Arrowsmith, matron at St Austell Healthcare.

He said, “To all of the hospital staff, nurses, volunteers and the army, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you all. Bless you and I think you should all have a medal. “

Describing how it felt to have the vaccine, he said, “I’ve never felt anything.” Gordon added, “When I was old I thought I would set an example.”

He said he had vaccines in the navy, so this one “didn’t worry me at all”.

What would he say to people of a similar age in Cornwall?

“Get it ready, get it ready. I was all for it from the start. I don’t have uh or ah, I’m able to make up my mind quickly. “

Gordon, along with John and Angela Freeman, was one of the first retirees to receive the injection. The couple from Truro were the first of 300 people who received the sting at Truro Health Park today.

“This year has been so difficult for so many people – we followed the rules and regulations, which means we could only see our family from afar,” said John, 84. “Let’s hope this is the beginning of everything that goes back to normal. “

96-year-old D-Day veteran Gordon Fowle outside Carlyon House after receiving the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

He added that it was an honor for him and former nurse Angela, 83, to be first in line at the Truro practice despite being afraid of needles.

“There’s nothing to be afraid of – I haven’t even felt it; It’s easier than the flu shot. It was absolutely top notch. Nobody has to worry about it. “

All patients receiving the vaccine must return to the follow-up booster dose within 28 days.

Dr. Matt Leigh, Senior GP Partner at the Truro Lander Practice, said, “It is a tremendous cause and we are very proud to be part of the national effort. It’s a bit of history and it’s great to be a part of. Hopefully this will release some freedom. “