EVER since coronavirus hit, we’ve worried about key workers. That worry is personal for me.
My mum works for the NHS and is on the front line every day.
She’s not just at risk because of her job. She’s also at risk because of her race.
Studies suggest that ethnic minorities are twice as likely to catch the virus.
We don’t fully understand why. But all we need to know is that we’ve finally got a weapon to fight back — the vaccine.
My mum will get her first jab this week. It’s a huge relief for her, for her grandchildren, for me — and for the NHS, who will probably never need to treat her for coronavirus now.
And that’s why it’s vital for everyone to get the jab. The NHS is stretched like never before.
Doctors and nurses need us to do our bit. So I encourage all Sun readers to get their jab — particularly those, like me, from black or Asian communities.
I know some people are worried. Many of us have been targeted with misinformation, often religiously motivated.
I understand how important churches, temples, mosques and gurdwaras are to many communities.
So it helps to know that the vaccines have been approved by all religious leaders and councils.
Just as it helps to know that every vaccine has been put through a rigorous testing process — and medical professionals have judged them safe.
Most of all, it helps to think about why you’re getting it.
Call to arms – how MPs, celebs and big businesses backed our campaign
A HOST of celebs and politicians threw their weight behind Jabs Army as they praised kind-hearted Sun readers who signed up.
Their calls were led by Boris Johnson, who begged for volunteers to help ‘return the country to normal life’.
The PM wrote personally to our readers, saying: “The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is a brilliant example of the power of collective action.
“It has already inspired companies and workplaces up and down the country to join the call to arms.
“So today, I call on everyone who has the time to join the legions of volunteers already signed up and to boost volunteer numbers further still.”
Jeremy Clarkson urged Brits to get off the sofa and sign up to beat the lockdown blues.
He said: “Everyone is saying how bored they are. They’ve watched Netflix, gone through everything on the internet, read Google.
“Well let’s not be bored — let’s get off our bottoms and volunteer.”
His call was backed by a string of other celebs – including the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, who hailed our campaign as “fantastic”.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock saluted Jabs Army as he addressed the nation in a No10 press briefing.
He said: “Come and be a part of it. The Sun’s Jabs Army is marching and helping the nation.”
GMB host Piers Morgan branded the campaign as “excellent”.
You’re getting the jab to protect friends, family and your community.
When I get the jab, I’ll be getting it for my mum.
And together we can fight misinformation, get vaccinated and give the country a fresh start.
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