Freshly-boosted Strictly Come Dancing star Ugo Monye has called on fellow celebrities to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
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After receiving his booster jab in Sandown, Surrey, earlier today, ex-rugby player Ugo told Sky News why he believes people in the public eye have a duty to get the COVID vaccine.
He said: “I think it is selfish if high-profile people don’t get the jab. I fully understand the decisions I’ve made today will positively impact other people up and down the country – friends and family who are very close, but also strangers on the streets, on the trains, wherever I might mix and mingle.
“So I think the decision about whether or not to get vaccinated actually impacts more than just yourself.
“I also think it is really important to do the right thing, not just for myself but for everyone else too.”
Ugo’s tribute to NHS staff
Ugo also heaped praise on NHS workers for their dedication to saving lives during the pandemic.
He said: “I’m not sure there will ever be enough credit that we can ever give to them or thank them enough.
“Going back to early lockdown where we clapped for our carers on a Thursday night at 8pm was just a small token of all our gestures for their efforts and their dedications.”
He said the efforts of frontline workers had “saved millions of people”.