Blackburn Rovers Club Players have become the latest to take up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Several first team players and members of the under 23 squad visited the vaccine site at Blackburn Cathedral today for their first dose. These were:
Ryan Nyambe (Defender), Daniel Ayala (Defender), Thomas Kaminski (Goalkeeper), Lenni Cirino (under 23’s Left Back) and Jared Harlock (under 23’s Midfielder).
In addition, Ben Benson, goalkeeping coach and Rachel Hindle, performance analyst, joined them for the opportunity to be vaccinated.
The majority of the other players and the club staff have already been vaccinated.
Blackburn Cathedral is open seven days a week from 8.30pm to 7.30pm to anyone aged 18 and over for both first and second dose Oxford Zeneca and Pfizer. You don’t need an appointment, you can just walk-in.
Jane Scattergood, Covid-19 Vaccination Director for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “All adults are now eligible so please come forward. We are inviting everyone over 18 to bring their second dose appointment forward to eight weeks to ensure everyone has the strongest possible protection as soon as possible.
“The Covid vaccines are two-dose vaccines so you must have both doses for maximum benefit and protection to you, your friends, and your family. Remember – it’s a game to two halves – you need both doses. Do the double, be a champion and let’s beat this virus together.”
Right Back Ryan Nyambe, said: “It’s so important we are all together in this. We all want life to return to normal and getting jabbed will protect yourself and help others. The vaccine site is in the perfect spot, it’s in the centre of town and the whole process of getting a dose takes such a short about of time. I’d urge everyone to get their jabs as soon as possible.”
Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “We’re really happy to be working alongside the NHS and Blackburn Rovers and their players on this campaign. It’s so important to see these young players embrace the opportunity to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their teammates, opposition players as well as their families and friends. To see young athletes acting as advocates for the vaccine programme is really important and will hopefully be very influential on others coming forward. They have been keen to not miss out and that’s the message to everyone. Getting the vaccine means you can get back to doing all the things you’ve missed, as soon as possible.”