Nightclubs join vaccine drive as young people told to get jabbed or ‘miss out on the good times’
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 05/08/2021
Nightclubs are set to encouraging young people to get a COVID-19 jab, with one being used as a vaccine centre.
Leading figures at venues including the Ministry of Sound have joined the government’s national effort to get young people jabbed.
The industry is supporting the drive by sharing the vaccine message online and at venues, while London-based club Heaven is hosting a pop-up vaccination centre on 8 August.
At the same time the government will launch a billboard and social media campaign aiming to convince under-30s to get the vaccine and according to The Times, it will run adverts online telling young people to get the jab or “miss out on the good times”, when the vaccine passports are introduced in the autumn.
In addition, a new short Q&A film has been released featuring doctor, DJ and founder of NHSessions, Bodalia, talking about the importance of younger adults getting the jab in order to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and to keep the nightclub industry open.
From September, people will require two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter nightclubs and other large-scale events.
With over two-thirds of young adults aged 18 to 29 having received one dose of the vaccine, the new campaign aims to encourage clubbers, university students and young adults to get both doses of the jab as soon as possible.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Vaccines are saving lives, protecting people, and allowing us to regain some of the freedoms we’ve missed over the last 18 months – from visiting family abroad to dancing on a night out.
“It’s remarkable to see different sectors and industries step up to help get the country vaccinated, and my thanks goes to the Ministry of Sound, Heaven, and Bodalia, among so many others.”
Lohan Presencer, executive chairman of Ministry of Sound, said: “It’s incredible to welcome people back onto our dance floor after so long.”We’ll provide the music and the good times, people just need to get both their vaccines so we can all keep dancing together safely.”
A total of more than 85 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the UK, with 46.9 million people receiving a first dose (88.7%) and 38.7 million people receiving two doses (73.2%).
On Thursday, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said that he sees vaccines passports becoming a permanent part of international travel.
Speaking to ITV News, he said: “I do see this becoming a permanent, for the foreseeable future, fixture of international travel.
“I’ve chaired meetings with my transport equivalents [in other countries], when I speak to them it’s quite clear that double vaccination will be a requirement, we’re already seeing it in virtually every country in the world.”
© Sky News 2020