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Hodgson calls on over-70s to get COVID-19 vaccination

16 Feb 2021

Crystal Palace manager reveals he has been vaccinated and urges others to do so

Roy Hodgson is urging people in the United Kingdom aged 70 and over to receive their COVID-19 vaccination.

The 73-year-old Crystal Palace manager received his vaccination recently and has called upon other senior citizens to do so to aid the fight against coronavirus.

"A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get the notification that it was my turn to receive the coronavirus vaccine, so I didn’t hesitate to go along to my local medical centre," Hodgson told Palace's official website.

"The process was simple, everything was extremely well organised. The jab, which one hardly feels, was over in seconds and in no time I found myself back at home.

"I urge anyone like me, aged 70 and over, if you haven’t yet received your vaccine, please come forward and make an appointment as soon as you can.

"Or, of course, if you have grandparents, relatives and friends over 70, please encourage them to book an appointment and join the millions of us that have already done so."

Palace playing their part

Palace’s Selhurst Park has opened recently as a COVID-19 vaccination centre for eligible local residents alongside health and care staff.

Anyone aged 70 or over in the UK who has not yet been vaccinated should contact the NHS by visiting or calling 119 to arrange a jab.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Sports have played a magnificent role in helping us fight this virus, from hosting test centres, to providing food to frontline workers, to calling older fans at risk of loneliness.

“Our elderly have shown us the way by enthusiastically rolling up their sleeves, so let’s keep this going. I urge any over-70s to join our sports legends and contact the NHS if they haven’t had the vaccine yet. The vaccine will save lives, livelihoods and get us back to the things we love.”

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