96-year-old Cornwall D-Day veteran has Covid vaccine to ‘set an example’

A 96-year-old D-Day veteran decided to be one of the first in Cornwall to get vaccinated against Covid so he could “set a good example”.

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

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

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

Describing how the vaccine feels, he said, “I’ve never felt a thing.” Gordon added: “Being old, I thought I would set a little example.”

He said he had vaccines when he was in the Navy, so he “didn’t worry me at all.”

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

“It simply came to our notice then. I’ve been doing this for a while. I have no um or ah, I’m in a hurry to think. “

Gordon joined John and Angela Freeman among the first retirees to receive the injection. The couple, from Truro, were the first of the 300 people to receive jab today at Truro Health Park.

“This year has been so difficult for so many people – we have followed the rules and regulations, which has meant that we have only been able to see our family from a distance,” said John, 84. of all those who return to normal. “

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

He added that it was an honor for him and former nurse Angela, 83, to be the first in line at Truro’s office, despite fearing needles.

“There’s nothing to be afraid of – I didn’t even feel it; it is easier than the flu. It was absolutely first class. No one needs to worry.

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

Dr. Matt Leigh, senior GP partner at Operation Trander’s Lander, said: “It’s a massive thing and we’re really proud to be part of the national effort. It’s a bit of history and it’s great to be a part of it. Hopefully this will unlock some freedom. “