Brian May, Queen’s guitarist, has pleaded with his supporters to receive the Covid vaccine in his continuing battle against the disease. 

On Saturday, the 74-year-old musician announced that he was positive for HIV. COVID-19, sharing a picture of his lateral flow test result on Instagram, insisting he had made the ‘wrong decision’ to go to a birthday lunch with wife Anita Dobson, 72.

As a result, he took to Twitter to plead with his friends to help him fight the virus.

Speaking out: Queen guitarist Brian May, 74, has begged his fans to get the Covid vaccine as he continues his 'truly horrible' battle with the illness

Speaking out: Queen guitarist Brian May, 74, has begged his fans to get the Covid vaccine as he continues his ‘truly horrible’ battle with the illness

In a video, he said: ‘We decided we would go to a birthday lunch and we thought, well this is the last social function we would go to – not that we go to many anyway, we’ll chance it, everybody’s going to be triple-jabbed, everybody’s going to be with one of these things [lateral flow test] which says you’ll be negative on the morning.’

Brian stated that he didn’t wear a mask to the party because he believed it would be safe in a bubble. 

Two days after the party, eight of his guests tested positive for Covid. Anita was also beginning to experience symptoms, even though they had not received lateral flow testing.

Open book: Brian also wrote about his Covid experience in a separate Instagram post, saying: 'My body was invaded by enough Coronavirus organisms to bring me down'

Open book. Brian wrote of his Covid experience on an additional Instagram post: “My body was infected by enough Coronavirus organisms that to bring me down.”

Unwanted result: The musician announced on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 , sharing a picture of his lateral flow test result on Instagram

Unwanted result: The musician announced on Saturday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 , sharing a picture of his lateral flow test result on Instagram

Expressing his gratitude at having relatively mild symptoms, Brian told his fans: ‘I can’t emphasise to you enough: This is not the response that my body would have made on its own. It’s making this response because I’ve had three Pfizer jabs.

‘And I beg you, and implore you, to go and get jabbed if you’re not already. You need it.

Brian posted a second post on day 8 of his 10-day quarantine. He wrote: “Day 8 is for me, the 8th day since my body was infected with enough Coronavirus organisms that they could bring me down.” 

Important message: On Sunday he took to the social media site to implore his followers to protect themselves against the virus by getting jabbed in a video

Important message

‘Firstly, I think I was a little too optimistic yesterday, imagining that the red “T“ line was looking fainter. It’s a different test kit today – but the lines look pretty much of equal intensity today.  

‘So I’m assuming the battle inside my body is still in progress. The dry, wheezy feeling in my throat is back today. There’s also a fountain of irritation to one of my sinuses. 

‘I also keep falling asleep – not in a peaceful kind of way, but in a “I can’t keep my eyes open another second” kind of way. So it’s a damn good job this happened at a time when I’m NOT crazy busy as usual.’

Mistake: Brian said he'd made the 'wrong decision' to go to a birthday lunch with wife Anita Dobson, 72, where he believed the guests were vaccinated (pictured November)

Brian made a mistake by claiming he had taken the wrong decision to attend Anita Dobson’s 72-year-old birthday dinner. He believed that all the attendees were fully vaccinated. (Photo: November).

He continued: ‘Sorry – this stuff isn’t entertaining any more – but I figure at least I can report it as info that might help somebody out there to feel less apprehensive. 

‘I’m fundamentally OK. Just feeling a bit c**p and frustrated at not being able to be out and about at this time of year. But I think we’re all feeling a bit of that – right ? 

‘And it’s so clear that the new Omicron variant is completely out of control in the UK. And most likely in all of humanity. 

“Talking about which.. Does anyone out there know which variant they caught?” I don’t. 

‘I have been told that this information isn’t available from the NHS tests. If that’s the case, where are all these statistics coming from every day? I’d be very interested to hear from anyone who knows the answer to this. 

On the mend? 'It has been a truly horrible few days, but I’m OK. And I will tell the tale,' May wrote, suggesting he was on the upswing

Is he on the mend now? ‘It has been a truly horrible few days, but I’m OK. And I will tell the tale,’ May wrote, suggesting he was on the upswing

Good luck to all and many hugs! I say again … it’s very apparent now that although the lateral flow test is a useful guide, if you get a negative result tomorrow morning, you cannot 100% guarantee that you are not infected and infectious all day. 

“So keep your safety in mind. Use masks, social distance, and common sense. Don’t go to any gathering inside unless you feel that the risk is worthwhile. 

‘As my dear Mum used to say (in half-jest) — ”Do as I say – not as I do!”‘

Brian posted an Instagram message last week telling his followers that he was suffering from coronavirus. 

‘Yep. It was the shocking moment that finally happened to me. He began to write about the feared double red line.

A close-up shot of what looked to be an auto-administered rapid-antigen test was included in the star.

As his health was improving, he urged fans to forget about’sympathy.

‘It has been a truly horrible few days, but I’m OK. And I will tell the tale,’ he continued.

As the new coronavirus, the musician asked his fans and followers to “PLEASE be extra careful out there, good people,”“Incredibly transmissible”

“You don’t want it ruining YOUR Christmas,” he said, before signing off to wish his fans a lot of ‘love”.

Frenemies: The Queen guitarist told The Independent in August that Eric Clapton (pictured in 2020) and other anti-vaxxers are 'fruitcakes'; Clapton seen in March 2020 in London

Frenemies. The Queen guitarist stated to The Independent, August 2, that Eric Clapton, (pictured in 2020), and the other anti-vaxxers were “fruitcakes”. Clapton is seen in London on March 20, 2020.

Brian was vocal in his hatred of Eric Clapton as a guitarist. After expressing anti-vaccine views, he vowed never to play at any venues that ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccine.

‘I love Eric Clapton, he’s my hero, but he has very different views from me in many ways,’ Brian told The Independent in August. ‘He’s a person who thinks it’s OK to shoot animals for fun, so we have our disagreements, but I would never stop respecting the man.’

He then supported the science of vaccines and described conspiracy theorists in the field as “fruitcakes.” 

‘Anti-vax people, I’m sorry, I think they’re fruitcakes,’ he said. ‘There’s plenty of evidence to show that vaccination helps. On the whole, they’ve been very safe. There’s always going to be some side effect in any drug you take, but to go around saying vaccines are a plot to kill you, I’m sorry, that goes in the fruitcake jar for me.’

Safe and effective: May went on to defend the science behind vaccines. 'On the whole, they’ve been very safe,' he said; pictured in February 2020 in Sydney, Australia

It was safe and effective. May continued to defend vaccine science. ‘On the whole, they’ve been very safe,’ he said; pictured in February 2020 in Sydney, Australia

Star’s positive coronavirus test came amid an increase in cases of the Omicron variant in the UK.

On Monday, at least 91 743 people were tested for COVID-19. Omicron is threatening to ruin Christmas. Scientists are urging Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, to increase restrictions to stop the spread of the virus.

Johnson created a booster vaccination program to stop the spread Omicron. All double-vaccinated adult will receive the booster dose by January 11. 

Brian is most well-known for his blistering solos with Queen and the lead line he played in the band. This group featured Roger May (drums), Brian Mercury (vocals) and John Deacon (bass).

After the 2018 movie Bohemian Rhapsody won Rami Malek an Academy Award, they saw a surge in popularity. This film portrayed Mercury’s character. 

Health troubles: May suffered a heart attack earlier this year, which he said could have killed him. He later suffered a stomach hemorrhage from his heart medications, though he has since said he's doing well; pictured with Adam Lambert in 2019

May had an earlier heart attack that could have caused him to die. Later, he suffered from a stomach hemorhage due to his heart medication. He has since stated that he is doing well. pictured in 2019 with Adam Lambert

In October 2020, Brian told Good Morning Britain ‘I nearly lost my life’ after he suffered a heart attack back in May, which required stents to be inserted to open blocked arteries.

Also, he said that he had suffered stomach bleeding from the medication he was on for his heart.

He shared that he thought it was “pretty bad” and added, “The complications that followed were quite bad.”

However, the singer said that he was concentrating on “cardio rehab” now. He also stated that he felt much better.

‘I’m getting strong. He joked that he was going to Ironman very soon. 

Music makers: Brian (second from right) is pictured here with Queen band members Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deason in January 1978

Music makers: Brian (second from right) is pictured here with Queen band members Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and John Deason in January 1978


In the global fight against Covid-19, three types of vaccines are used. However, more options for treatment are being developed and tested.


This category includes AstraZeneca, and uses a modified adenovirus to deliver DNA coded with a SARS‑CoV‑2 protein to spark the body’s immune system into action. Russians also use a similar method. Sputnik V and Chinese ConvideciaThere have been vaccines that were rolled-out in China and Russia as well as Brazil, Argentina, Chile. American-made Johnson & Johnson jab is also the same type but was initially only a single-dose vaccine, until US authorities recommended a second booster shot in October 2021.


These are the two vaccines that Australia currently approves. Pfizer Moderna – both use this platform to deliver Covid-19 immunity. Each contains RNA, or messengerRNA in a drop. This causes some cells develop an innocent version of the SARS/CoV-2 spike protein. Although side effects are rare, the vaccine must be kept at very low temperatures to prevent it from spoiling. This can pose distribution problems in countries of third world origin. A freeze-dried variant is in development, which does not require refrigeration. It is approved by the FDA and can be used in almost every country except Russia and China.


These are more traditional forms of vaccines which take laboratory-cultivated Covid-19 virus particles and kill them with heat or formaldehyde but still retain the proteins needed to create an immune response when injected. The same technology used against plague, cholera, and typhoid in the 20th-century is still being used today. This is the secret to the Chinese. CoronaVac/Sinovac, BIBP WIBP vaccines, India’s Covaxin, Russia’s Covivac, Kazakhstani QazVacIran’s COVIRAN Barekat


This controversial technology is also known as “protein vaccines”. It uses only a tiny amount of protein to trigger the immune system. Critics say the protein may not be recognized by the immune system. Russia authorized the use of vaccines that are still being tested. EpiVacCoronaIt is also available for Turkmenistan. China, Uzbekistan (Indonesia), Malaysia and Malaysia also use a Chinese version. ZF2001. Produced in the USA Covovax has been undergoing trials in Australia, Mexico and India and has been authorised in Indonesia and the Philippines. 


These nasal spray vaccinations against Covid are the best – they’re easy to spread and to use without any needle fear. There are currently no nasal sprays against Covid-19. However, there is a brand-name flu vaccine. FluMistIn the USA, FluEnz in Europe – which may see a Covid version developed eventually. 


The fight against Covid is being supported by new technology that’s currently in development Viral-like particlesThese mimic viruses without any virus material DNA vaccinesIt uses genetically-modified cells to modify the body’s blueprint in order to defeat the disease. lentivirus vaccinesTo make the body more immune to infection, they inject new genes. conjugate vaccinesThe two-pronged combination of protein vaccines and a milder version of the rabies virus is called the “fountain of life.” Vesicular StomatitistCurrently used to fight AIDS as a ‘trojan horses virus’. It also carries Covid-19 spike proteins.