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Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine help the NHS promote COVID jabs

10 February 2021

Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine have united forces in a new video to encourage people to get vaccinated against coronavirus which was filmed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Sir Elton John and Sir Michael Caine have united forces in a new video to encourage people to get vaccinated against coronavirus which was filmed at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. 

The show-business giants, who are in their 70s and 80s, have been vaccinated by the NHS and recorded the comic 90-second clip to show others that getting the life-saving jab is easy and safe. 

More than 10 million people in England have already been vaccinated and the NHS is now asking anyone aged 70 or over who has not yet been vaccinated to come forward to be protected.

Thank you to Lord Ara Darzi, a friend to the stars, who leads Imperial REACT COVID Surveillance Study Group for organising this. 

Sir Elton John said: “I wanted to take part in this film to help show people the benefits of getting vaccinated and how it helps protect ourselves and the people we love. So, I hope we can all come together and do our bit in the fight against this wretched disease.”

The singer continued: “The more people in society who get vaccinated, the more chance there is of eradicating the national COVID pandemic. It’s really important to know that the vaccines have all been through and met the necessary safety and quality standards.”

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of the NHS said: “Well over nine out of ten people aged 75 and over have already taken up the offer of their NHS COVID vaccination and now we want to encourage everyone in the high priority groups to do so.

“That’s why we’re grateful to Sir Elton and Sir Michael for helping the NHS promote vaccine uptake, building on the fast and efficient programme to date, which has seen the NHS already vaccinate 1 in 4 adults across England.” 

Professor Lord Ara Darzi, co-director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London and Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, also thanked the stars for giving up their time.

The NHS is delivering COVID vaccinations at more than 1,500 sites across the country and is on track to have offered a jab to everyone in the top four highest priority groups by the middle of this month.

Most people need to wait to be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn to receive it.

However, people aged 70 or over, who have not yet been vaccinated, can now arrange a vaccination through the national booking service without first being contacted.

The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them. Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. If a suitable slot is not available, people can also contact their GP practice direct. 

Those who have received a letter asking them to shield because they are clinically extremely vulnerable should be contacted by their local family doctor.

NHS England is supporting general practice with an extra £10 for every vaccination given to someone who is housebound.

Health and social care workers, who are also among the top four priority groups for vaccination, should speak to their employer about arranging their vaccine.

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