Sir Billy Connolly, 78, gets his first coronavirus vaccine after comedy legend revealed he has ‘come to terms with death’ amid Parkinson’s battle
- Sir Billy’s wife Pamela Stephenson confirmed he had received his first dose of the vaccine in Florida on Thursday
- The comedian was diagnosed in 2013 with Parkinson’s, a degenerative condition that damages parts of the brain over many years
- He announced his retirement after 50 years in stand-up as he opened up on his battle with Parkinson’s last year
- Sir Billy insisted he was ‘not defined’ by the condition, but conceded he had come to terms with death
- He has now retired from stand-up and spends his days fishing, painting and writing a new book
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Comedy legend Sir Billy Connolly has received his Covid-19 vaccine jab as he continues to battle Parkinson’s disease.
Wife Pamela Stephenson, 71, shared a photo of the comic genius – who at 78 falls within the vaccine driver’s top tiers – with a plaster over his tattooed left arm after the procedure at a Florida medical facility.
The Big Yin – wearing an obligatory mask – was clad in a vest and tartan pants as he took a moment after receiving the vaccine.
Protected: Comedy legend Sir Billy Connolly received his Covid-19 vaccine jab in Florida on Thursday as he continues to battle Parkinson’s disease
She wrote on Twitter: ‘Thank God… Billy had his first Covid-19 vaccine today!’
Fans were quick to celebrate Billy being given the jab, with one commenting: ‘Right on Billy, and none of your greeting neither. Stay safe brother.’
A second added: ‘Wonderful to know that Billy has gotten the vaccine. He is a real treasure who has to be kept safe. Stay well Mr Connolly.’
While a third wrote: ‘National treasures should always be first in line for saving.’
Quiet life: Sir Billy has now retired from stand-up and spends his days…
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