'I feel SO grateful': Ruth Langsford receives Covid-19 vaccine

‘I feel SO grateful’: Ruth Langsford, 60, gets the Covid-19 Oxford/ AstraZeneca vaccine after being called EARLY to jab centre in Surrey

  • The TV presenter, 60, confirmed she received the Covid-19 vaccine in Surrey on Saturday
  • The vaccine is currently prioritised for citizens over the age of 65 
  • The Loose Women panellist revealed she was called early after receiving a message from the NHS
  • She said the injection only ‘took seconds’ and ‘was painless’ as she thanked the NHS for doing an ‘amazing job’
  • Ruth was in tears earlier in February after being unable to physically touch her mother Joan, who lives in a care home, for months due to restrictions

Ruth Langsford revealed she received the Covid-19 vaccine in Surrey on Saturday. 

The TV presenter, 60, admitted she felt ‘so grateful’ to have the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab as she shared a photo of the experience on social media. 

She confirmed the injection only ‘took seconds’ and ‘was painless’ as she thanked the NHS for doing an ‘amazing job’.

Sigh of relief: Ruth Langsford revealed she received the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab on Saturday and confirmed the injection only ‘took seconds’ and ‘was painless’

Ruth was seen rocking a face mask and a black T-shirt with the word, ‘love’ emblazoned on the front as a nurse planted a needle into her arm. 

The vaccine is currently prioritised for citizens over the age of 65, but the Loose Women panellist revealed she was called early after receiving a message from the NHS. 

She said on Instagram: ‘JUST HAD MY VACCINE!! Feel SO grateful. Thought it was a scam message at first as I wasn’t expecting to be called until March! 

‘Thank you everybody, staff & volunteers, at the vaccination centre in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey…a quick, well organised and very friendly experience. The jab took seconds and was painless.

Thankful: The vaccine is currently prioritised for citizens over the age of 65, but the Loose Women panellist, 60, revealed she was called early after receiving a message from the NHS

‘Thank you @stephanieshervington for being so lovely….you & your colleagues are doing an amazing job. Another step forward to being able to see my Mum again I hope.’ 

She added the following tags and hashtags: ‘Thank you @nhsengland @astrazeneca @oxford_uni #covid #vaccine.’ 

The Covid vaccine is injected into the upper arm and requires two doses. The second vaccine takes place between three to 12 weeks after the first dose. 

Ruth and her Loose Women co-stars were discussing I’m A Celeb’s Ruthie Henshall’s call for it to be made illegal for care homes to ban visits amid the coronavirus pandemic.   

She shared her own experience with viewers, explaining: ‘This is very close to my heart as my mum has not been out of her care home since March. The biggest concern for lots of people is if they died and you haven’t actually held them, touched them.’

‘I’ve seen my mum through a window and I phone her all the time but I haven’t physically touched her. I absolutely understand it from the care homes’ point of view. They have such a responsibility, they are caring for very vulnerable, elderly people.

‘My mum’s care home, they locked down before the official lockdown, they saw it coming, they locked down and they’ve been incredible,’ she insisted, but added that now vaccines have started to roll out, the subject of visits must come  back under review.

Close: It comes after the ITV star was in tears earlier this month as she revealed she hasn’t physically touched her mother Joan, who lives in a care home, for months under covid-19 restrictions (pictured before the pandemic)

‘I just think now people are asking questions, saying ‘OK we understood that then’ but my mum’s had her first vaccine, could they not treat me as a primary care worker, test me and as long as I don’t have covid, she’s had her vaccination, I could go in and physically sit in her room and talk to her?’ Ruth questioned. 

‘I can’t praise the care workers at my mum’s care home enough, they are incredible,’ Ruth continued but added the workers don’t have the personal connection she has with her mum.

She explained she found it particularly difficult as she wants to share memories with her mum about her late dad and sister Julia, who died in 2019.  

Legendary rocker Ozzy Osborne, 72, said he was ‘relieved’ after receiving his first dose earlier in February. 

Staying safe: Legendary rocker Ozzy Osborne, 72, said he was ‘relieved’ after he received his first dose earlier in February

Renowned broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, 94, received the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, in January according to the Sun.  

A source said to the newspaper: ‘Sir David was always keen to get vaccinated, and support both the current programme and the NHS.

‘Of course, as well as his family and loved ones, millions of animal fans across the globe will be delighted – this is brilliant news.’

The national treasure, who recently returned to our television screens with a new five-part BBC series of A Perfect Planet, earlier told the Telegraph he was keen to get the jab, saying: ‘At 94, I think I’m entitled!’

However, the veteran natural historian previously admitted that the prospect of having a jab made him a little squeamish.

Got the jab: Renowned broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, 94, received the Oxford/ AstraZeneca jab, in January according to the Sun

Meanwhile British actor, Brian Blessed OBE, 84, and his wife Hildegarde, were both pictured receiving the vaccine at the start of January.  

NHS Surrey Heath CCG posted a picture of the Flash Gordon star with his thumbs up after receiving the Covid jab. It is not clear which make of vaccine he received.

The clinical commissioning group said in their tweet: ‘Tonight Brian and Hildegarde Blessed joined the fight against Covid-19.

‘After receiving his Covid vaccination, Brian Blessed OBE thanked the NHS for saving his and his wife’s life.’  

Protected: British actor, Brian Blessed OBE, 84, and his wife Hildegarde, were both pictured receiving the vaccine earlier in January 

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