COVID boffin Jonathan Van-Tam missed out on his knighthood ceremony — after catching the virus.
The popular professor, known as JVT, could not make Tuesday’s event to make him a Sir because he was isolating at home.
The straight-talking deputy chief medical officer, 58 — a famous face thanks to his lockdown TV appearances — tested positive last week.
It was tough luck for the medic as Covid cases are at their lowest in five months.
He said: “This shows us that, much as we’d all like to think this pandemic is over and Covid has gone away, it hasn’t.”
And football-loving JVT said one “big tragedy” of falling ill was missing his beloved Boston United win two key games.
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The Lincs club now play York City in Saturday’s National League play-off final.
Prof Van-Tam, who is fully vaccinated, is chief of health and medical sciences at the University of Nottingham.
It said: “He’s almost completely recovered and was very disappointed not to have attended his investiture.
“It will be rescheduled and he’s looking forward to receiving his knighthood for services to public health.”
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