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VACCINE RECEIVED: Watford FC legend Luther Blissett receives COVID-19 vaccine at Manor View Practice

 Published on: 16th February 2021   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

Former England striker, Watford FC’s record holding goal scorer and European Golden Boot winner Luther Blissett recently received his COVID-19 vaccination at Manor View Practice.

Born in Jamaica and a proud member of the Black African-Caribbean community in Watford, Luther is encouraging members of all the communities in Hertfordshire to feel comfortable with taking the vaccine.

Luther Blissett said: “COVID-19 has been the worst thing to impact our community in my lifetime and we all have a moral responsibility to make sure we behave as we are asked, in order to protect the vulnerable and of course, our NHS and front-line service providers who have kept things going while we fight to beat this thing.

“With the vaccine being rolled out across Watford and the country, I thought it was up to me to do what I could to make sure those I love at home and those around me out in the community can trust me not to compromise their health.

“As a black man, I am aware that there is a much bigger risk from COVID-19 and the stakes are infinitely higher. Not having any work, I have been doing what I can out in our community and that means trying to lead by example. When it comes to the choice I made about having a vaccine, there is no reason that the colour of my skin affects my trust in the vaccine and medical services. 

“But COVID-19 does discriminate and I know many ethnic communities have been devastated by losses because of the risks we face. So, I hope that I can encourage those communities locally to have a vaccination. 

“We would all put our faith in the NHS and medicine if we caught the virus, so we should do the same, and if it means we can avoid catching it, people are saved. The vaccine rollout is vital to ensure life can return to normal in the future, where we can have our families surrounding us and our friends seeing us. “

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