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Sir Billy Connolly gets his second Covid vaccine as wife Pamela Stephenson says she’s ‘relieved’

‘Wee jab – nae bother!’ Sir Billy Connolly, 78, gets his second Covid vaccine as wife Pamela Stephenson says she’s ‘relieved he’s protected’

  • The comic, 78, received his second Covid vaccination on Thursday
  • His wife Pamela Stephenson shared the news with fans on Twitter, saying she’s ‘relieved’ he’s been vaccinated
  • The couple currently live in Florida, where it’s recommended there should be between 21 and 28 days gap between Covid jabs depending on the vaccine
  • Billy 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

Sir Billy Connolly has received his second vaccine for Covid, his wife Pamela  Stephenson revealed on Friday.

The comedian, 78, who has Parkinson’s disease and now lives in the US, received his first dose of the jab last month, with Pamela, 71, tweeting she’s ‘relieved’ he’s now protected from the virus.

Pamela also tweeted The Big Yin’s relaxed reaction to receiving his second jab at a supermarket in Florida, revealing he said: ‘Wee jab – nae bother!’ 

‘So relieved he has some protection!’ Sir Billy Connolly has received his second vaccine for Covid, his wife Pamela Stephenson revealed on Friday

Pamela shared a snap of her husband Billy wearing a mask as he received his second jab, clearly thrilled he’s completed his immunisation against the virus.

She wrote: ‘Billy just had his second Covid 19 vaccination! We waited our turn and received them at our local Publix supermarket. So relieved he has some protection now! He said ‘Wee jab – nae bother!’ 

Currently the state of Florida is prioritising Covid vaccinations for those over the age of 65, as well as health care staff with direct patient contact and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. 

Happy couple: Pamela said she was 'relieved' her husband was now protected from Covid. The couple live in Florida as he battles Parkinson’s Disease (pictured in September 2014)

Happy couple: Pamela said she was ‘relieved’ her husband was now protected from Covid. The couple live in Florida as he battles Parkinson’s Disease (pictured in September 2014)

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s recommended that there should be a gap of at least three weeks between jabs for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 28 days between the Moderna vaccines in the US.

Last month Pamela shared a snap of Billy receiving his first Covid jab, writing: ‘Thank God… Billy had his first Covid-19 vaccine today!’ 

Billy and Pamela now live in the Florida Keys as he battles Parkinson’s Disease.

He has now retired from stand-up and spends his days fishing, painting and penning his book – which will no doubt become an instant best-seller. 

Protected: Last month Pamela shared a snap of Billy receiving his first Covid jab, writing: 'Thank God... Billy had his first Covid-19 vaccine today!'

Protected: Last month Pamela shared a snap of Billy receiving his first Covid jab, writing: ‘Thank God… Billy had his first Covid-19 vaccine today!’

Sir Billy – a former shipyard worker – has already written two books – Tall Tales and Wee Stories and Made in Scotland – that touched on his life growing up in Glasgow.

But he’s now writing the complete story of his eventful existence that propelled him from being a welder on the Clyde docks via a stint as a folk singer to become one of the world’s best-loved comics.

He announced his retirement after 50 years in stand-up as he opened up on his battle with Parkinson’s last year.

Opening up: Sir Billy discussed his Parkinson's diagnosis while at home in Florida in ITV’s Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure in December

Opening up: Sir Billy discussed his Parkinson’s diagnosis while at home in Florida in ITV’s Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure in December

Sir Billy discussed the disease while at home in Florida in ITV’s Billy Connolly: It’s Been A Pleasure in December

‘It was obvious from my movement, that I wasn’t who I used to be. And so I had to explain it… just to say that I am not defined by it,’ he said. ‘It’s got me, it will get me and it will end me, but that’s OK with me.’

The actor was diagnosed in 2013 with Parkinson’s, a degenerative condition that damages parts of the brain over many years.

Pamela said he was in ‘great’ health and that their move to Florida from New York has been ‘fantastic’ for him.

The psychologist – who has been married to Billy for 30 years – said he is currently writing his autobiography and had found a ‘new lease of life’ through drawing.

‘What he wants to do is take it easy, he wants to fish on his dock in Florida, and enjoy the sunshine, watch television and drink tea and eat biscuits, that’s what he wants to do,’ Pamela said.  

Teary-eyed: He also announced his retirement after 50 years in stand-up as he insisted he's in 'great health' despite his diagnosis

Teary-eyed: He also announced his retirement after 50 years in stand-up as he insisted he’s in ‘great health’ despite his diagnosis

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