Mary Berry has urged people to have the COVID-19 vaccine in order to ‘think of others’ as she reflected on her own battle with polio.
The professional baker, 85, spoke candidly with Radio Times on Tuesday about the importance of having the vaccine following her past health struggles.
Mary and her husband Paul Hunning, 88, have both had their jabs, and she told the publication: ‘I was so pleased, particularly for my husband. I would encourage everyone, if it’s offered to them, to definitely have the vaccine.’
Advice: On Tuesday, Mary Berry urged people to ‘think of others’ by having the Covid-19 vaccine as she said she’s ‘so pleased’ she and her husband have had their dose
Going on to talk about her own battle with polio in the past, Mary added: ‘I had polio, but now almost the whole world is vaccinated against it.
‘If you’re in a hospital like I was, with people in callipers, people in pain, people who weren’t going to get better – I think everyone should take the vaccine, not query it, and think of others.’
Mary contracted the disease when she was 13 and spent three months in hospital as a result, it also left her with a twisted spine and a weak left hand.
Struggle: Mary battled polio when she was 13 and spent three months in hospital, she later had the vaccine and said that people having the jab helped to eradicate the disease from the world
Delighted: Mary and her husband Paul have had their covid-19 vaccine, and she said: ‘I was so pleased… I would encourage everyone, if it’s offered to them, to definitely have the vaccine’
The polio vaccine was developed in the 1950s and thanks to those having it Europe was declared polio-free in 2002, though poliomyelitis has yet to be eradicated.
Mary claimed she was ‘immensely fortunate’ to have had the polio vaccine, as she added that she was ‘let off very lightly’ by the disease.
‘I was immensely fortunate. I only had it on my left side, and I’ve got a funny left hand. Everybody thinks I’ve got arthritis,’ she explained.
It comes after it was reported Mary had to use binoculars to judge BBC‘s new series of Celebrity Best Home Cook, set to air later this year.
In a new interview, contestant and Celebs Go Dating receptionist Tom Read Wilson claimed the chef checked in on the competitors from a balcony as the BBC enforced the measure in a bid to limit the possibility of contracting coronavirus.
The former Great British Bake Off star fronts the panel alongside Gordon Ramsay’s former protégée Angela Hartnett, 52, and fresh producer importer Chris Bavin, 40, while Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman, 48, presents the programme.
Extreme: It comes after it was reported Mary used binoculars to judge BBC’s Celebrity Best Home Cook (pictured with Chris Bavin, Claudia Winkleman, Angela Hartnett in 2019 show)
Safety comes first! The chef is believed to have checked in on the competitors from a balcony in a bid to limit the possibility of contracting coronavirus (pictured last September)
On Mary’s unique judging stint, actor Tom, 34, told The Sun: ‘Mary, for the whole thing, because of Covid, was on a kind of beautiful mezzanine that they built for her.
‘And they gave her a pair of beautiful opera glasses so she could look over and see what we’re up to, which was just great. I couldn’t be happier about her being there.’
According to the publication, the 15ft-high platform has been built above the cast’s kitchen.
This year’s edition will mark the show’s third series, with Tom, former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, First Time Mum star Ferne McCann and actress Ruth Madeley leading the line-up.
‘I couldn’t be happier about her being there’: Contestant and Celebs Go Dating receptionist Tom Read Wilson claimed she checked in on the competitors from a balcony (pictured in September 2019)