Prue Leith doesn’t think she should have had the coronavirus vaccine.

Prue Leith

Prue Leith

The ‘Great British Bake Off’ judge - who had the first of two immunisations earlier this week - doesn’t think the over 80s should be the first priority group to receive the jabs because they don’t help the economy and they have already had the time to lead a “good life”.

She said: “I’m not sure that emphasis is right. If I were choosing the priority group to receive the vaccine straight away, it would be the young people who earn money to keep the economy going.

“I’ll probably eat my words if I get Covid, but I feel that if you’ve had a good life, and your life is nearly over, that it’s the wrong group to prioritise.

“If you were in a lifeboat and choosing between chucking out an 80 year old and a 40 year old, because the boat is sinking and you need to discard one person, wouldn’t you rather save the 40 year old with young children than a granny?”

The 80-year-old cook believes the elderly are among the first to have been chosen after coronavirus ripped through care homes early in the pandemic.

In an interview conducted before she had the vaccine, she told The Times Magazine: "I think it’s probably a political decision because we are very protective of old people.

"Perhaps they’re trying to make up for the care home disaster. We aren’t good for the economy, old people. We don’t earn any money."