Covid Vaccine Sir Tom Jones Feels Bulletproof After Second Jab

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Covid Vaccine Sir Tom Jones Feels Bulletproof After Second Jab

Sir Tom Jones has said he feels “bulletproof” after receiving both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

The Pontypridd-born singer, 80, first revealed he had his first jab before performing on Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny, broadcast on New Year’s Eve.

Now the singer has said “it’s a great feeling” to be fully vaccinated.

He told The Graham Norton Show: “I’ve had the two and I’m now bulletproof!”

The two vaccines in use in the UK require two doses to be effective, with trials showing the Pfizer-BioNTech jab offering about 95% protection against Covid-19 and the Oxford-AstraZeneca up to 90%.

Due to lockdown and coronavirus restrictions, live performances with audiences across the country have been halted. But the veteran performer and The Voice coach is keen to get back on stage.

“I thought ‘I’ll be able to go out and do some live shows now’, but then I thought, ‘you’ve got to have an audience for that! If they haven’t had the jab, what’s the point?'” he said.

The Welsh legend, who was born on 7 June 1940, said he did not mind growing old because “the memories are tremendous”.

And he said lockdown reminded him of his own two-year isolation with tuberculosis from the age of 12.

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“I sympathise with young people that can’t go and play,” he said.

Sir Tom, who grew up in Pontypridd, enjoyed huge commercial success with hits including It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat? and Kiss.

He became one of the world’s biggest stars, with his live Las Vegas performances earning the admiration of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Throughout his career he has constantly reinvented himself, moving from pop, rock and country to gospel, soul and blues and then on to electronic and dance music.

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Speaking to friend and fellow-singer Cerys Matthews for BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Wales, he said: “The memories are tremendous and I don’t want to stop.

“To reach 80 and to have such wonderful memories and to be still doing it and still making a point, or trying to – thank you to everybody that has been with me, the audience.

“You can’t express yourself properly unless there’s people there to listen to you.

“God has been good to me and my voice is still there. So as long as it’s there I wanna get up… singing live to people is the thing.”

Covid Vaccine Sir Tom Jones Feels Bulletproof After Second Jab

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