Covid-19: Couple plan 60th anniversary trip after Pfizer jab

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Mr and Mrs Lihou are keen travellers who "try to go somewhere every month".

A couple in their 80s are reviving plans for a 60th anniversary holiday after receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

David and Shirley Lihou were given the jab at the same time at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The 85 year olds cancelled a holiday to Russia for their diamond anniversary and now plan to go on a river cruise from Lyon to Avignon next June.

Mrs Lihou said: "We're getting on a bit now so we need to make the most of it."

University Hospitals Birmingham took delivery of its first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday.

David and Shirley Lihou, from Harborne, got their jabs in neighbouring cubicles and he said: "It's a relief because we try to travel."

Mrs Lihou said she was "a bit apprehensive" beforehand, but afterwards she said: "I didn't feel a thing."

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Mrs Lihou said the jab was "absolutely wonderful" and told others "don't hesitate".

The couple met 64 years ago at the University of Birmingham and Mr Lihou is a keen sailor, who crossed the Atlantic when he was 75 and he has a catamaran at Plymouth which he has been unable to visit.

He said: "We wanted to be protected so we could go around to various places."

Mrs Lihou said: "We're getting on a bit now so we need to make the most of it."

They are also hoping to visit their daughter Joanne and two grandsons who live in Perth, Australia, next Christmas.

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Mr and Mrs Lihou now plan to visit an old school friend at Easter and go to Torquay in May.