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.
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.”