Jimmy Cricket has been talking about his first vaccination jab against Covid-19 in his latest newspaper column.
The article is in the 12 April edition of the Lancashire Post.
In the column, Jimmy recalls visiting Riverside One in Rochdale, where he lives.
He says: “How things have changed during these lockdowns.
“It used to be that if somebody crossed the road when they saw you coming it was either that they didn’t want to speak to you or they owed you money.
“Now when they do it you shout thanks to them for helping to stop the spread of the virus.
“It’s the same when you meet an old friend in the street.
“Instead of shaking hands, you now do a quick touch of the elbows then step back, have a few quick words and then you’re on your way.
“However, as I write this, we’ve all had a very emotional reflection day to mark the fact that the first lockdown happened one year ago, and with the news that they’re not far off vaccinating 1m people a day there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
“I myself being a whipper snapper of 75 years of age when I got my first jab here where I live in Rochdale at the Riverside Library.
“Although it was a cold shivery January morning when we all queued up outside, inside our hearts were leaping for joy at the thought of getting the inoculation that would ultimately provide us with the passport to get back to normality.
“I went public with it and my friend Billy Sherrin, the Rochdale Mayor, arranged to have the Rochdale Council official photographer to take a piccie of me getting my jab.”
Famous funnyman Jimmy has now had both doses of the coronavirus vaccination.
The popular Northern Irish entertainer updated his Facebook profile last month with the graphic below, saying ‘fully vaccinated’.
He has encouraged everybody else to have the vaccination the same when their time comes.
Very small numbers of people have been admitted to hospital with Covid several weeks after having one vaccine dose, a study of UK patients shows.
Several months ago, Jimmy devised a perfect little ditty to keep our spirits going during the coronavirus lockdown.
The comedian adapted the words of an old war-time favourite, Roll out the Barrel.
He recorded his very own version for YouTube, called Roll out the Vaccine.
Roll out the Barrell
The UK government has said every adult in the country can have a coronavirus vaccine by autumn this year.
Roll out the Barrel was particularly popular worldwide during World War II.