Sheffield MP receives his vaccine for Coronavirus and urges others to get jabbed as well

A Sheffield MP who recently received his vaccine for coronavirus is urging people across the city to get theirs too to stop the spread of the disease.

Monday, 8th February 2021, 11:46 am

Clive Betts received his Covid-19 injection at the Sheffield Arena last week.

The venue has been serving the city and the surrounding area, administering vaccines outside of the Primary Care Network, which has been the principle distributor of the vaccine.

On his vaccine Mr Betts said: “I was incredibly impressed with how the vaccine has been rolled out by our local health workers.

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MP Clive Betts is pictured receiving his jab at Sheffield Arena

"My first-hand experience here in the arena was friendly and supportive staff who, after having to fight this virus for so long on its terms, had a real sense of pride and joy being able to push back against it, and provide vaccines to those who need them most.”

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He continued: “The process itself was quick and painless, and I would urge all those who have yet to be vaccinated to take up the opportunity as soon as possible.

“We now have a clear way out of the hardship this pandemic has caused, I would ask everyone to take up the vaccine as soon as they are offered it so we can stop this virus from overwhelming our health system and taking so much life.

"Get the vaccine to protect yourself and help protect others.”

*Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed this week that vaccinations as Sheffield Arena will continue to go ahead in spite of fears that snow would lead to cancellations.

Those with vaccination appointments have been told that if they feel safe travelling in the snow they can still receive their jab.

However, there are options to reschedule for those who are unable or do not want to travel.

A spokesperson for the Trust said: “COVID-19 vaccination appointments are still going ahead today at Sheffield Arena.

"However we do not want anyone to put themselves at risk if they feel it is not safe to travel due to the snow.

“If you are unable to come for your appointment you do not need to call the hospitals or arena 24 hours after your appointment was due to take place simply call 119 which is the number on your booking letter or use the web link on the booking letter to rebook a new appointment.”

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