A 91-year-old man, whose interview with CNN became after he was vaccinated against the Corona virus on the Internet, said that he was stunned by the uproar he caused over talking about a jab, describing anti-vaccination activists as “extremely ridiculous”.
Martin Kenyon, 91, was outside Guy’s Hospital in London after receiving the Pfizer Covid vaccine when encountered Cyril Vanier is a CNN correspondent. When asked how he felt as one of the first people in the world to take a punch, he said, “I don’t think I feel much at all, except that I hope I don’t have a blood bug now.”
The interview garnered millions of views. But speaking to the Guardian outside his home in London, Kenyon said he believed the footage was “not very interesting”. He said, “Don’t people have better things to talk about?”
Kenyon said his daughters were “extremely excited” about the attention he received, but he had not yet had a proper conversation with them because “the press continued to boycott when they called him.”
He said he was feeling fine the day after he was vaccinated. “I forgot to look at the information they gave me [about possible side-effects] But at my age, all sorts of things hurt.
When asked what he thinks of the anti-vaccinators who are against taking punches, he said, “I think they’re so silly. But that’s not something I’m talking about with friends – we’re talking about more interesting things.”
As someone who grew up during World War II, Kenyon said he found that time more worrying than the current pandemic. “I was a student at the time … The war went on for a very long time and I was in the church when it was announced that we were at war with Germany. One does not forget that.
Kenyon has been involved in the anti-apartheid movement and is the godfather of one of Desmond Tutu’s daughters. Toto is also the godfather of one of the daughters of Kenyon. The duo met as students in London. He said that the two immediately became friends. He said, “We started talking and did not breathe.”
Speaking of getting the vaccination on Tuesday, he said, “I didn’t feel it at all. That’s really the end of it. It’s a very boring topic.” He said he did not want to catch the virus so that he could continue to “bother” himself and enjoy life.
“I look forward to hugging my grandchildren. They are most likely to introduce him.” [coronavirus] For me … and they love my hugs. This period was challenging, but we must make sure that life continues. We all want to go back to normal and I’m sure that will happen. “