BORIS JOHNSON has urged the under-30s to get vaccinated, telling them: “It’s the right thing to do for you, for your family and for everybody out there.”
The PM’s call comes after he announced clubbers would need to have two shots to get into venues from September — while NHS England figures show a third of 18 to 29-year-olds have not yet had their first dose.
AJ Pritchard (l), his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen and brother Curtis pose with their vaccine cards
Curtis is urging under-30s to get fully vaccinated so their lives can get back to normal as quickly as possible
Now Strictly Come Dancing star AJ Pritchard, 26, and his Love Island brother Curtis, 25, are also urging under-30s to get fully vaccinated so their lives can get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Sun Jabs Army supporter AJ, who is dating dancer Abbie Quinnen, 23, received his vaccine at the earliest moment to keep his loved ones safe.
He said: “Getting the jab is a way to protect other people, especially those in your life who are classed as vulnerable, such as your parents or grandparents.
“While we might not all know someone who is at higher risk, we need to come together to ensure everyone’s safety.
“If a passport for nightclubs is the best way to keep us safe, keep the clubs open and encourage people to get double vaccinated, I’m all for it.
“I want to get back to normal life as soon as possible and getting both your jabs is the quickest way to do that. It’s also the safest way, as it reduces your risk of being hospitalised by the virus.”
Figures show men are less likely than women to come forward for their first jab.
AJ added: “I’ve had both of my injections and I didn’t get any side-effects other than feeling a bit tired the day after my first jab.
“Going to my appointments wasn’t an inconvenience to my day at all. It was a very smooth process and really quick.
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“I know it can be stressful finding time when you have a busy life, but the way the centre worked was very calming and made me feel at ease.
“I know that for me and Abbie, having our vaccinations means we feel more confident to go and do things we would previously have done, like visiting the theatre.
“We want to support our industry, and getting the inoculation is one way to help, and wearing masks is another.
“When I went on I’m A Celebrity last year it was in Wales. Before going in I was offered the flu jab to make sure if I got a cold I was protected.
“This jab is the same thing, just for a different reason. I want to give others confidence that this is a good thing. The facts and figures prove that it is working and doing its job.
“This is the way to get the performance industry, like dancing and the theatre, back on its feet after over a year of struggle.”
Curtis likens the vaccine to the jabs we all got as kids.
He said: “I treated it like any other vaccination like we get in primary and high school.
“This is another one of them and all of them are out there to protect you and to make everyone safer.
“We are all in this together, and having both jabs means you’re protecting yourself, your loved ones, your friends and everyone else in the community.
“We really need to stay united and strong together on this front, as we have done with everything else throughout the pandemic.
“I got my vaccination because I wanted to go to see my granddad. He’s 93 and vulnerable.
“Knowing both of us are jabbed makes it so much safer and puts my mind at ease.
“If he got Covid it would be incredibly dangerous, so having the jab means I look out for his health.
“The vaccine is here to protect you and others, just like every other injection you’ve had.
“I understand that you might be nervous but please get it and encourage each other.
“Getting the vaccine is the way we can get back to having a normal life. Please get it to help others. We need to continue working together.”
AJ takes a selfie whilst receiving the Covid vaccine