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News from our partners NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service

Shrewsbury Town FC captain Elliott Bennett was one of several club stars to get their COVID-19 booster jab as Bob the Vaccination Bus dropped in on the Montgomery Waters Meadow for his busiest day ever on Saturday 18 December 2021.

It was the finale to a perfect Saturday for Bennett – who had just come off the pitch after helping his team to a 3-1 win over Cheltenham Town on what was his 33rd birthday.

Elliott Bennett receiving COVID-19 Booster

Elliott Bennett receiving COVID-19 Booster

Among other players lining up to get their booster shots were 25-year-old striker Daniel Udoh – scorer of two goals in the victory over the Gloucestershire club – and versatile defender and midfielder Luke Leahy, 29.

Luke Leahy receiving COVID-19 Booster

Luke Leahy

Almost 200 supporters from both clubs also took the opportunity to get their booster, with Bob parked up outside the stadium from 10am to 6pm on Saturday.

Daniel Udoh receiving COVID-19 Booster

Daniel Udoh

Coronavirus has started to have a significant impact on football again, with more than half of the Football League programme postponed over the weekend, and Bennett – who signed for Shrewsbury in the summer after previous spells at Brighton and Hove Albion, Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers – was grateful to get his booster.

He said:-

“I’m pleased to have sorted my vaccine before Christmas as cases continue to rise.

“It’s important we all get our jabs, so that we can protect our family and teammates this winter. If we all do this, we can hopefully look forward to a more positive new year.”

Steve Ellis, Deputy Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, expressed his gratitude to the club for hosting the bus – and to the players for coming forward to get their own jabs:-

“I’m a Shrewsbury Town season ticket holder myself and it has been so pleasing to see them step up and support us at every step of this programme.

“This booster programme is vitally important as we look to protect our health and care services from the worst effects of what we expect to be a large Omicron wave happening now.

“We’ve set ourselves a stiff challenge of delivering more than 130,000 booster shots before the end of the year, so it was great to see so many football fans playing their part on Saturday. We gave out 180 jabs during the day, which is Bob’s busiest day of the entire vaccination programme.

“Town may have won on the pitch – but all of us were winners off it, with so many people going away with an increased level of protection that will begin to help keep themselves, their family and their friends safe this holiday.”

Bob – and his sister bus Betty – will be out and about at locations across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin over the next couple of weeks for others still looking to get their boosters. People can also get jabs from a wide range of vaccination centres, community pharmacists and GP clinics right across the county.

A full list of sites, including opening times, can be found on the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System’s website.