A Sheffield boxer who has tested positive for  Covid TWICE is urging people to get vaccinated

A Sheffield boxer who has tested positive for Covid TWICE is urging people to get vaccinated

Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 4:30 pm

Light heavyweight professional boxer Callum Beardow, AKA The Vanilla Gorilla, is the former amateur English champion, ranked 2nd in the country and unbeaten as a professional.

Despite his level of fitness Callum is classified as clinically vulnerable and has been vaccinated against Covid. Now he has stepped into the ring to persuade others to do the same.

Callum, 25 from Gleadless who has suffered with asthma since childhood, had his first covid-19 vaccination at Manor Park Medical Centre last week.

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Gleadless boxer Callum Beardow is urging people to have their Covid vaccinations.

After being tested positive for covid twice in the past year, he was looking forward to getting the vaccination.

Callum said: “I have unfortunately had covid-19 twice now which is worrying especially with having asthma. I accepted the offer for a vaccination straight away and I’d encourage anyone else who’s offered to do the same. It just puts my mind at rest that I’ll be more protected from the virus.

He added: “It was a really easy process, it doesn’t hurt and it didn’t take long. The vaccine is safe and has gone through testing and trials. Getting people vaccinated is the best way to protect people from covid-19 and means that we can start to get back to normal life again soon.”

Gleadless boxer Callum Beardow has asthma and has tested positive twice for Covid-19.

People aged 16 – 65 who are clinically vulnerable have started to receive their first covid vaccinations in Sheffield this week. Covid-19 can affect anyone but if you have certain long-term health conditions, catching covid can be very serious and in some cases fatal.

the drive is now underway in Sheffield to invite people in priority groups 5 and 6 - which is people aged between 65-69 and those who are clinically vulnerable – for their Covid-19 jabs.

Alun Windle, Chief Nurse and Covid Vaccination Lead at NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning group said: “As well as vaccinating people who are clinically vulnerable we’ve also now started vaccinating 65-69 year olds.

“This is the biggest vaccination programme the NHS has ever undertaken and these are the largest groups to vaccinate so far and will take time to contact everyone.

Alun added: “In the meantime, please don’t call your GP to enquire about a vaccine, the NHS will contact you when you are eligible and we have a supply of vaccines.”

Although the NHS have now started vaccinating new cohorts of patients, if you are over 70, clinically extremely vulnerable or a frontline health and social care worker and yet to have the vaccine for whatever reason, it’s not too late to come forward.

You can now book a vaccination appointment online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or call the free number on 119.

Alun added: “We do not yet know whether the vaccine will stop you from catching and passing on the virus but two doses will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill from covid-19. So it’s important to remember to continue to follow social distancing guidance, wash your hands frequently and wear a mask when in public, even if you’ve had both vaccinations.”

Callum is looking forward to getting back to boxing for an audience once the virus is under control and social distancing measures are lifted.