UK’s prime rugby gamers assist COVID-19 vaccine roll out

A few of the nation’s prime rugby gamers have right this moment (Tuesday 28 September) inspired younger individuals to get their COVID-19 vaccine as they focus on their private experiences of the pandemic.

Forward of Spherical 3 of the Premiership Rugby this weekend, a brand new movie has been launched that includes key gamers Sam Underhill (Bathtub Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Nathan Earle (Newcastle Falcons), Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish), Marland Yarde (Sale Sharks) and Dan Robson (Wasps) who focus on the significance of the COVID-19 vaccine and the impression the virus has had on them prior to now yr.

The gamers additionally share their ideas on who to look out for this season. Whereas their participant predictions could be totally different, all of them agree that crucial factor everybody can do that season is to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

The movie might be performed out at stadiums throughout the nation from this weekend (1 -3 October) and comes as greater than 82% of over-16s within the UK have now obtained each doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier this month, the booster programme was additionally rolled out, with these eligible being invited to guide their jab as quickly as attainable as a way to maintain the virus below management for the long run and shield essentially the most susceptible via the winter months.

The newest information (twenty third September 2021) additionally exhibits that particularly, youthful males have been extra reluctant than youthful ladies to take up each doses of the jab – in these aged 18-49, 70% of males are double vaccinated vs 76% of ladies on this group.

Within the movie, the gamers focus on how the pandemic has straight affected their lives. Sam Underhill talks about how his dad was hospitalised with COVID-19, and Nathan Earle’s companion had their first youngster within the pandemic, that means he wasn’t in a position to be within the hospital to assist her via the start.

The movie is a part of a wider partnership with the Premiership Rugby League, and follows the “Each Vaccination Provides Us Hope” marketing campaign launched earlier within the yr to encourage the general public to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Over 48.7 million individuals have now obtained a primary dose of a vaccine – over 89.7% of the UK over-16s inhabitants – with 44.7 million receiving their second dose. This implies over 82.4% of over-16s within the UK have now obtained each doses of a vaccine, with 93.5 million vaccines administered general.

Phil Winstanley, the Rugby Director at Premiership Rugby, stated:

It has been so incredible to have sports activities followers again in stadiums everywhere in the nation, and this could not have been carried out with out the COVID-19 vaccine programme. It has been so instrumental in getting us again to regular, and as we get going with this yr’s season, we’d like to verify all our followers are as secure as they will probably be – and that features ensuring they get the vaccine to guard themselves and people round them.”

Well being and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid stated:

It’s incredible to have these rugby legends come out and again the life-saving jabs. A large thanks to Sam, Alex, Nathan, Ollie, Marland and Dan.


It’s due to the wall of defence constructed up by the vaccines that followers of all sports activities can get again to seeing their favorite gamers on the grounds.


Please get your jab as quickly as attainable, to guard your self, your loved ones and your family members.”

Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup stated:

The vaccine’s impression in giving us safety towards COVID-19 has allowed us to return to doing the issues we love – whether or not that is going out for dinner with mates, taking a visit overseas or watching your favorite sports activities gamers dwell within the stadium.


It is sensible to see so many well-known faces pledge their assist for the vaccination programme – and we proceed to induce all those that have not but had theirs to return ahead for the life-saving jab as quickly as attainable.”

Nathan Earle of Newcastle Falcons stated:

It has been a extremely tough 18 months for everybody, however lastly we’re seeing gentle on the finish of the tunnel. Having the followers again within the crowd has been unimaginable – it simply offers you that further enhance you want on the pitch. I would say to anybody ensure you get your jab if you have not already – it is fast and simple and has meant we will get again to the sport we love!’

Vaccinated individuals are far much less more likely to get COVID-19 with signs and are much less more likely to get critical COVID-19, to be admitted to hospital, or to die from it.

The newest information from Public Well being England exhibits that the vaccine rollout has saved greater than 123,000 lives and stopped almost quarter of one million hospital admissions.

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