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England cricket stars support NHS vaccine rollout

England cricketers Mark Wood, Chris Jordan and Sam Curran joined Professor Jonathan Van-Tam to help urge fans to accept the vaccine when offered it during a Q&A aimed at tackling vaccine misinformation.

England cricket stars support NHS vaccine rollout

The England stars encouraged fans to get the vaccine once offered in the hope that it will fasten the pace in which spectators will be welcomed inside of grounds once again.


The players joined from a virtual call in India, where they are currently participating in their Twenty20 Series and asked the Professor questions that perhaps the general public would like to know as well.


Misinformation has risen around the vaccine but Professor Van-Tam stated that those hesitant to accept the vaccine should seek their information from trusted sources, reiterating the fact that it is the only way to protect ourselves and the rest of the country against the deadly disease.


Fellow England team mate Moeen Ali encouraged the Muslim community to take the COVID-19 jab recently: "I know there are a lot of conspiracy theories out there but it's just the way that medicine evolves. Loads of people have taken it and been fine.


"Especially in our community, I think people are always a little bit cautious about these things but for things to get back to normal, I think it's important that we do it."


Jordan added: "It's been a strange experience playing in empty stadiums and I can't wait to have our fans back the team in person. Like many, I've had my own questions about the vaccine.


"With my understanding of the direction the world is heading in, and after speaking to Professor Van-Tam with my teammates, there's no doubt in my mind that I will get the vaccine when it's my turn."


Cricket grounds across the country are not currently laying dormant however. Many have been turned into NHS vaccine rollout centres.


Chief Medical Officer at the England and Wales Cricket Board, Professor Nick Peirce, said: "I'm proud of the way the England Cricket Community has adapted to adhere to the strict Covid guidelines and supported the NHS vaccine rollout however they can.


"We join in encouraging everyone to do their own research through trusted sources, like the NHS website, to be sure of the facts and get their vaccine when called."


Under the government's plans for England to emerge from lockdown, should it prove successful, stadiums could welcome fans back from May 17, with crowds totalling up to 4,000 people of half the venue's capacity.


By the time of England's first Test of the summer, against New Zealand on June 2, as many as 7,500 fans could be allowed to attend the match.




Author: Jake Wilkin