Covid: England coach Gareth Southgate joins calls encouraging young people to get jabbed

The England football coach has joined calls encouraging young people to get vaccinated. Credit: PA

Gareth Southgate has joined a campaign to encourage people across the country to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

“I just wanted to say how important it is, if you haven’t had your vaccine yet, to go and get it done”, he wrote in his message.

The England football coach who was celebrated for uniting the nation as he led the Three Lions to the historic Euro 2020 final against Italy earlier in July, started his message by thanking the public.

“Just firstly, wanted to say thank you for the support you gave the team this summer”, he said, adding: but also to say, look, we know the last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for everybody.

“And there’s no doubt that the vaccination programme is our best route out of this problem, not only for us as a country but across the world”.

Southgate’s message to get vaccinated was, however, particularly aimed at those of younger ages.

“I know oldies like me have had both jabs so we can crack on with our lives, but for you younger ones especially it’s the chance for everything to open up, to get your freedom back.

“So much of that is going to rest on you having the vaccine”.

All over-18s are now eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine, and have been encouraged by the government to do so at the earliest possible time.

But while nearly 90% of UK adults have had their first jab, and almost 70% are fully vaccinated, fewer than 60% of 18-25-year-olds in England have had their first jab and about one-third of 18-29-year-olds have not yet been vaccinated at all.

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Public Health England recently said the vaccine uptake among young people in England has been slowing, leading to concerns by the government to ensure more is done to encourage vaccination among this cohort.

In support of this message, Southgate said: “Don’t put it off any longer, go and get it done, we can open everything up, we can protect the people we need to protect and you guys will get your freedom back”.

“So, look forward to seeing you soon”, he added.