Captain Tom Moore couldn’t receive Covid vaccine because of pneumonia medication

Captain Sir Tom Moore could not get his Covid-19 vaccine because of his pneumonia medication, despite being in the vulnerable category.

The 100-year-old NHS hero was rushed to hospital on Sunday after catching coronavirus, revealed his daughter.

Last summer he became a household name in Britain after raising millions for the NHS which led to him being knighted by the Queen.

However, he is now in hospital battling pneumonia and coronavirus.

A spokeswoman for the family of the WW2 veteran said he was not allowed to make the journey to his local vaccination centre.

He would have been one of the first wave of Brits to be given the jab.

She said: “Because of the medication he was taking for his pneumonia he couldn’t have the Covid jab.

“But other than that, the information that was in his daughter Hannah’s statement is all we can share at the moment.

“Everyone is sending positive thoughts his way.”

Sir Tom's daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore released a statement today saying her dad tested positive for coronavirus last week while being treated for the lung condition.

He has been admitted to a Bedford Hospital today after requiring extra help with his breathing but is not in intensive care, reports The Mirror.

The statement reads: "I wanted to update everybody that today my father was admitted to hospital.

"He is being treated in a ward, although he is not in ICU.

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"The medical care he has received in the last few weeks has been remarkable and we know that the wonderful staff at Bedford Hospital will do all they can to make him comfortable and hopefully return home as soon as possible.

"We understand that everyone will be wishing him well. We are of course focusing on my father and will update you when we are able to. Hannah x"

In December he and his family flew to Barbados for a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

On Twitter, Sir Tom said: "Enjoying a beautiful family day in the Barbados sunshine #TomorrowWillBeAGoodDay."

The 100-year-old said he never thought he would get to travel again at his age.

He added: "The support I have been shown in 2020 has given me renewed energy and today I get to tick something off my bucket list."

Sir Tom, born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, raised more than £33million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire.

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As well as being made a Sir he also hit number one in the singles chart and received a Pride of Britain award.

Thousands of messages for Sir Tom have poured in on social media since the news of his hospitalisation was made public.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter : "My thoughts are very much with @CaptainTomMoore and his family. You've inspired the whole nation, and I know we are all wishing you a full recovery."

Michael Ball, who recorded the number one charity single with Sir Tom, tweeted: "Love and prayers for @captaintommoore and his lovely family as he battles this bastard of a virus.

"Stay strong Sir. We are all here for you."

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