Sir Billy Connolly has become the latest famous face to get the Covid-19 jab.

The comedian, 78, received his first jab to protect him against coronavirus earlier this week.

His wife, psychologist Pamela Stephenson confirmed the news with a short post on social media.

Taking to Twitter, Pamela, 71, told of her relief that the star was getting the vaccine.

The New Zealand-born writer tweeted: "Thank God… Billy had his first Covid-19 vaccine today!," alongside a snap.

In the image, Sir Billy can be seen wearing a black t-shirt and round green glasses.

With his long white locks tied back, the star kept safe by wearing a white mask to protect himself and others.

Speaking last month in his ITV documentary, Billy told fans he has now come to terms with death after years of living with degenerative disease Parkinson's.

He sadly also conceded he will never be able to do stand up again.

Speaking frankly on Billy Connolly: It's Been A Pleasure, Billy said: "It's got me, it will get me and it will end me, but that's OK with me."

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"I’ve done my stand-up. I did it for 50 years. I did it quite well. And it is time to stop.

"My illness, my Parkinson’s disease, has rendered me different. It would either mean renewing what I do and doing something else, or give up what I did and that’s what I’ve done.

"Why do I like to make people laugh? Because it is a jolly thing, it is good for you and it is good for them.

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"It is a dynamite thing to be able to do, to get a laugh out of someone."

Pamela added: "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."

Billy's career started in 1971 and eventually earned him a knighthood from Her Majesty The Queen in 2013.

Reminiscing on his time in the spotlight, Billy said: "I started low and I ended high.

"Just staying up there, until it is time to stop, seems a natural and good thing to do. It is a good thing to be proud of, I wanted to be a funnyman and I got it.

"It’s been a pleasure talking to you all those years.

"From the beginning when I was a folkie, right through, I couldn’t have done anything without you. You have been magnificent."

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