"I would encourage people to do some proper research and to listen to the experts"
Members of Town's first-team squad have given their backing to the local Covid-19 vaccination programme – and are encouraging others to ignore the dangerous misinformation on social media, listen to the NHS experts and make the choice to get vaccinated.
New goalkeeper Christian Walton, winger Sone Aluko and striker Joe Pigott, along with the Club’s head of sport science and insight, Andy Costin, have each given their own personal reasons for choosing to have a Covid-19 jab.
Loanee goalkeeper Christian, said: "It’s a great thing to have. I would encourage people to do some proper research and to listen to the experts. Social media is obviously a minefield, but I listened to the health experts and made up my mind that the vaccine was the right thing to have."
An element of Andy's role is to keep the players fit and healthy - and he is a keen advocate for vaccination, which he believes benefits not only the individual players but the wider community too.
He said: "I got vaccinated to protect the people around me. Knowing that I am doing my bit for the community is great. We all need to look beyond ourselves and get through this together. Vaccination is taking us in the right direction, and I believe it’s really important for everyone eligible to get protected."
Town winger, Sone, added: "The vaccination process was pain-free and seamless and took less than five minutes, and I hope that people will take up the vaccination offer to protect themselves, their family and the wider society.
"Millions of people have now been vaccinated but it’s understandable that, with anything new, people have some concerns. Do your research by listening to NHS health experts."
Town forward, Joe, emphasised the importance of protecting others, saying: "I had the vaccination to protect others. I have a few vulnerable people in my family and I want to make sure I’m doing my best to look after them. Morally, to protect ourselves and others we need to get vaccinated. The vaccines have passed every test that’s going…so come on, get vaccinated."
You can visit the dedicated Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Covid-19 website, which has information on vaccines and the vaccination process and an up-to-date list of walk-in clinics by clicking here.
The Club would like to thank Aqua Pharmacy and Ipswich Hospital for their help in facilitating the pop-up clinic.