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COVID-19: Lewis Hamilton and George Russell among Formula 1 stars urging fans to get vaccines and boosters in new video

Lewis Hamilton and other Formula 1 stars are urging fans to get their COVID-19 vaccine this winter.

The British driver, along with athletes Lando Norris and George Russell, has starred in a new film promoting the jab, which is has been released ahead of the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

“We’re finding our way back to the things we love but COVID has not gone away,” Hamilton says.

‘We need to be all in the same boat’

Russell tells viewers “play your part”, while Norris says “please do get the vaccine”.

Many of racing’s most famous faces take turns delivering sentences in the video.

Red Bull Racing Honda’s Max Verstappen, who is currently tied with Hamilton in championship points for the season, says: “Please do your bit.”

Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, who is currently competing for Alpine, adds: “We need to be on this together and we need to be all in the same boat”.

“I just, you know, encourage everybody to get it so we can all move forward,” says Mick Schumacher, the son of retired German legend Michael Schumacher.

In the 56-second message, the stars say: “Take care of your close ones, play your part and protect your community. Get vaccinated.”

‘Boosters remain the best defence against the new variant’

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, who has received his vaccine and booster, encourages others to do the same.

“We need to keep everyone safe and move forward together,” he says,

“Formula 1 is moving ahead, and we ask for everyone to play their part,” he adds.

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid applauded the campaign.

“It is fantastic to see F1 drivers playing their part, encouraging others to get their top-up jab to secure the vital protection they need as the virus goes on the advance this winter,” he said.

“Boosters remain the best defence against the new variant and the virus, and we are bolstering the booster programme to get more jabs in arms more quickly.”

More than 21 million people have now received their boosters in the UK.

People over the age of 40 in England who received their second dose at least three months ago are able to get their booster.

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