Rotherham United’s first team players and staff are hoping to have set the example for people in the local area after they gathered at their Roundwood training base to receive doses of the covid-19 vaccination.
With the help of the NHS and local vaccine volunteers, the club’s Performance Manager Ross Burbeary was able to organise this unique session for the Millers players as we continue to get back to a more ‘normal’ looking world and navigate our way safely out of the coronavirus pandemic.
A number of Millers personnel had already received a first dose of the vaccine and were on-hand on Saturday to receive a second, whilst those yet to be vaccinated – most of the younger members of the squad – assembled at the club’s training headquarters to get the jab.
Numbers of people in the younger demographic in the Rotherham area suggest that they have been less likely to join older members of the population in getting vaccinated and it is hoped that by getting involved, the Rotherham United first team can prompt others of a similar age to do the same.
Starting last month, everyone over the age of 18 has been invited to book their COVID-19 vaccination through the local vaccination service. In addition, walk-in sessions are being held in Rotherham vaccination sites with no need to book.
The club’s training ground gym was temporarily transformed into a covid-safe vaccination area with players and staff alike joining the queue to have either the first or second of the two doses.