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103-year-old smoker worried about long-term effects of new vaccine



Nashville, TN - Nashville native John McClerkin celebrated his 103rd birthday last week with his daily pack of unfiltered cigarettes and shot of Jack Daniel's. When asked about his secret to health and longevity, he said, "Lots of coffee and a steak every day."


Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has rolled out and is available to senior citizens over 75, McClerkin says he is still deciding whether to get it. He's not so sure.


"Well, we'll see," the 103-year-old told reporters. "They made it pretty fast, and we don't really know the long-term effects. That worries me."


McClerkin, a circus tightrope walker for 85 years, says he spends most days by himself, jumping on the trampoline in the backyard.


"I don't know who I'd get it from," said McClerkin. "The only person I see regularly is the Instacart gal who drops off my groceries and liquor."


Ultimately, the centenarian says he will wait until later this year to get the vaccine if he does at all.


"I'm in no hurry," McClerkin told reporters. "Now, get off my property."



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