Stephen Fry gets coronavirus jab in 'spectacular' Westminster Abbey

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read

Watch: Stephen Fry hails ‘wonderful moment’ as he is vaccinated in Westminster Abbey

Stephen Fry has said he is "grateful to be armed against the enemy" after receiving his COVID vaccination in Westminster Abbey.

The 63-year-old actor, comedian and writer shared his delight at being vaccinated against coronavirus in the "spectacular" location.

Fry tweeted: "Never felt a thing! Fancy the call to be jabbed sending me to Westminster Abbey of all spectacular places. Under the eye of the poets of Poets Corner and a dozen sleeping kings and queens… thank you #NHS staff and volunteers. Amazing work. Grateful to be armed against the enemy!"

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Famous figures laid to rest in Poets' Corner include Geoffrey Chaucer, Charles Dickens and actor Laurence Olivier, while memorials are also laid for the likes of WH Auden, Emily Bronte and Jane Austen.

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The Blackadder star was among one of the first patients to receive the jab at the clinic opened by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Wednesday 10 March in the 1,000-year-old church in central London.

Westminster Abbey is not the first church to be opened as a vaccine clinic in the UK's mass vaccination rollout.

Salisbury Cathedral has already been operating as a vaccination centre since January, along with Blackburn and Lichfield cathedrals.

Actor Stephen Fry is given an injection of the Covid-19 vaccine at a new vaccination site at Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey, London.
Stephen Fry was delighted to be 'armed against the enemy' in the spectacular venue. (PA)

Celebrities who have already had the vaccine include Sir Elton John, Sir Michael Caine, Dame Joan Collins, Sir Ian McKellen, The Wanted's Tom Parker, 32, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour, and Strictly Come Dancing's Amy Dowden, 30, who has Crohn's disease.

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield announced on the show that he has been vaccinated – insisting it was "easy and painless."

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Lorraine Kelly, 61, also proudly revealed she had been vaccinated earlier this week.

The COVID-19 vaccination is currently being offered to people over 55 years old, as well as the clinically vulnerable, frontline health workers, care workers and those with learning difficulties.

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