Martin Kenyon, 91, received his second dose of the vaccine on December 29 at Guy’s Hospital in London after getting the first dose on December 8.
Kenyon was among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine when the UK started rolling it out last month.
The 91-year-old man made headlines after pointing out that he didn’t want to fall victim to the virus after making it so far in life.
“I don’t intend to have [coronavirus] because I’ve got granddaughters and I want to live a long time to enjoy their lives,” Kenyon told CNN. “There’s no point dying now when I’ve lived this long.”
Kenyon was called a ‘national treasure’ for his straight-talking comments. He recently went viral and became the subject of more interviews, during which gained even more fans when Kenyon asked Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan, ‘Who are you?’.
Despite the old man’s new-found fame, he has described all the attention he’s been getting as ‘nonsense’.
The Guardian reported that throughout his life, Kenyon was very active in the anti-apartheid movement, was friends with Desmond Tutu, and personally met Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela.
After initially cold-calling the Guy’s Hospital in London to ask for the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Kenyon said the process has become ‘quite a machine’.
“When I went to get the first one, I was the only person there, I think. There was one man there, with a pencil and some paper and writing down a few names. This time it was very different. Very efficient,” he said. “This time, I was able to park absolutely outside the main building in a special slot. So, all was well. It was very painless.”
He expressed his joy at being able to park his ‘super little car’ that he’s ‘allowed to drive everywhere around London, because [he has] a badge, which is brilliant’, and said that receiving the second dose of the vaccine means he can now hug his two ‘enchanting’ grandchildren.
“Now, I don’t have to think about it again. It’s all done. I am going to survive, and I’m looking at lovely pictures of my two delightful daughters and my two enchanting grandchildren [aged seven and 10]. They are very nice children, and they love their grandfather,” Kenyon told The Guardian.
Kenyon plans to continue wearing a mask as he was given a ‘rather fancy one’ for his birthday, but he said that he will soon be immune and he doesn’t think he’ll ‘pass anything on to anybody else’.
“I think all will be well. And my family are very pleased,” he said. “I suppose it means I can do all sorts of things now. I can behave badly, now. I do most of the time, but generally in secret. I am, of course, being very frivolous. But it’s the new year, and I think we’ve got to cheer it up a bit.”