Two nonagenarians who received the Covid vaccine say "no adverse effects at all"

Two nonegenarians living in Aveton Gifford have become two of the first people to receive the Covid vaccine. 

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John Satterthwaite, 91, was given his first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine on Friday lunchtime, at St Boniface House, Ashburton, and said he "didn't feel a thing". 

"It was just like getting my flu jab", John said, "I wasn't worried about it, but maybe a little bit of trepidation, but it was really reassuring, I didn't feel a thing. Nothing at all afterwards either, no ill effects."

I wasn't worried about it, but maybe a little bit of trepidation, but it was really reassuring, I didn't feel a thing. Nothing at all afterwards either, no ill effects

John is booked into receive his second dose of the vaccine in the first week of January and seven days after that he will have almost complete immunity to the virus. 

"They said that there would be a certain amount of protection after the first dose", John explained, "but its likely to be minimal. I need to have the second dose and then wait seven days after that - then I can go nightclubbing for the first time in 75 years", he joked. 

I need to have the second dose and then wait seven days after that - then I can go nightclubbing for the first time in 75 years

When asked if he would like to say anything to anyone who was apprehensive of getting the vaccine, John said: "You go along just like getting a flu jab or any other vaccine. At 91 I have had quite a few, and this was exactly the same. I didn't feel anything."

Lolly Parker, 96, [it was her birthday on Sunday so Happy Birthday Lolly!] also recieved her first dose on Friday. She said that everyone working there was "charming" and that the injection "didn't hurt at all, nothing more than a flu jab" and that she had had no ill effects.

She said: "They make you wait for 15 minutes after you've had it to make sure you don't have any reaction or anything but I was completely fine. I haven't felt anything since either - maybe a little tired? - but at 96 I'm always a little tired!" she laughed. 

I was completely fine. I haven't felt anything since either - maybe a little tired? - but at 96 I'm always a little tired!

She added: "As far as I'm concerned there is no problem. It didn't hurt, I had no adverse effects - its nothing to be worried about."

Lolly is also due her second dose of the vaccine in very early January, and said once she is protected said she is looking forward to "travelling more without so many restrictions"and not worrying so much "not that I'm a great worrier anyway" she added.

Lolly also let us in on her secrets to a long life too - "I enjoy my food, taking exercise and being happy!" which sounds like perfect advice to us! 

Lolly also let us in on her secrets to a long life too - "I enjoy my food, taking exercise and being happy!" which sounds like perfect advice to us!

If you would like to find out more about the facts and myths around the Coronavirus vaccine, visit the Full Fact website here. Full Fact is a registered charity, a cross-party and independent group of fact-checkers who check claims made by politicians, public institutions and journalists, as well as viral content online. 

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