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Black Cats urge fans to get vaccinated

Tue 28th September 2021

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Sunderland AFC players are urging people in Sunderland to get their Covid-19 vaccine after receiving their own jabs as part of a vaccination clinic organised by local NHS and Sunderland City Council.

A pop-up vaccine clinic saw several first team players and staff members get their jabs on Wednesday morning at the club’s training ground in Cleadon.

Steve Davison, SAFC’s Chief Operating Office, said: “We want our supporters to enjoy the season and matchday experience, but above all else, we want them all to stay safe and well. Our best protection from serious illness as a result of Covid-19 is being double vaccinated, so if you haven’t had your first jab, or you need your second, I would encourage our supporters to book an appointment or visit one of the many walk-in clinics within the City of Sunderland.”

Dr Fadi Khalil, local GP and Clinical Lead for the Sunderland Covid Vaccination Programme, said: “The SAFC players who are getting vaccinated are sending a signal out to everyone who is still to be vaccinated. It’s not too late to get this done. It will protect yourself and others.

“Do your bit, get a vaccine, get yourself and your loved ones protected.”

Gerry Taylor, Sunderland’s Director of Public Health and Integrated Commissioning, said: “Getting vaccinated is our number one tool in the fight against Covid. It remains the most effective way we have of protecting ourselves and others. So, I’m delighted to see our SAFC players leading by example and getting the jab.

“Being fully vaccinated is more important than ever as we head into winter, so I’d urge anyone who hasn’t yet had their jab or who isn’t fully vaccinated to take advantage of the many options available to do so.”

Vaccines are available across the city, every day of the week, offering a mix of drop-in sessions and appointments and you do not need to bring any ID or NHS number.

To find your nearest vaccine clinic, use this link.

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