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Ipswich Town FC's Christian Walton, Sone Aluko, Joe Pigott and Andy Costin urge fans to get Covid-19 jab




First team stars at Ipswich Town have urged fans to get vaccinated against coronavirus and ignore misinformation on social media.

Goalkeeper Christian Walton, winger Sone Aluko and striker Joe Pigott have thrown their weight behind the local Covid-19 vaccination programme, each having given their own personal reasons for choosing to get the jab.

Walton described social media as a 'minefield' and encouraged people to research the vaccine before making a decision.

Joe Pigott celebrates a penalty against AFC Wimbeldon. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
Joe Pigott celebrates a penalty against AFC Wimbeldon. Picture: Barry Goodwin.

"It’s a great thing to have. I would encourage people to do some proper research and to listen to the experts," he said.

"Social media is obviously a minefield, but I listened to the health experts and made up my mind that the vaccine was the right thing to have."

Sone added: "The vaccination process was pain-free and seamless and took less than five minutes, and I hope that people will take up the vaccination offer to protect themselves, their family and the wider society.

"Millions of people have now been vaccinated but it’s understandable that, with anything new, people have some concerns. Do your research by listening to NHS health experts."

Both Joe Pigott and the club's head of sport, science and insight, Andy Costin, said they wanted to get the jab in order to protect others.

Christian Walton has become the 17th summer signing made at Ipswich Town, following his loan move from Brighton being confirmed Picture: ITFC
Christian Walton has become the 17th summer signing made at Ipswich Town, following his loan move from Brighton being confirmed Picture: ITFC

Mr Costin said: "Knowing that I am doing my bit for the community is great. We all need to look beyond ourselves and get through this together.

"Vaccination is taking us in the right direction, and I believe it’s really important for everyone eligible to get protected."

Pigott added: "I had the vaccination to protect others. I have a few vulnerable people in my family and I want to make sure I’m doing my best to look after them. Morally, to protect ourselves and others we need to get vaccinated.

"The vaccines have passed every test that’s going so come on, get vaccinated."

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