As the new Premier League season starts this week, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club has teamed up with the Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme to call for fans to make sure they have had their vaccination.
All adults can now have their free vaccination and the Seagulls are keen to make sure all of their fans have received this vital protection. Not only will it protect you, your friends and family, but it also means people can enjoy the football this summer.
When football returns to the Amex on 21 August, fans will be asked for proof of their COVID vaccination or a negative LFT along with all Premier League clubs this season.
Albion men’s first team defender Adam Webster and chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber have encouraged uptake of the jab among the club’s fans, ahead of their first game back.
Albion centre-back Adam Webster, said: “Please remember to go and get your vaccines, it’s our way out of the pandemic and hopefully will get things back to normal.”
Paul Barber commented: “We are delighted to have the stadium full again. The most important thing is people stay safe, and we have a responsibility to keep people safe.
“The best way supporters can help us to do that is by getting fully vaccinated, having both jabs, as we anticipate fans will be required to demonstrate their covid status – which is likely to include vaccination details – to get entry to football stadiums up and down the country this season.
“What we want is to do is work together with our supporters to avoid a series of local outbreaks that are traced back to the stadium or other mass events, which could lead to the stadium capacity being cut or even matches being played behind closed doors.
“We also need to protect our staff, and provide them with as safe an environment in which to work, and of course we cannot open the stadium if members of our staff are unavailable. The way fans can really help us achieve that is by getting both doses of the vaccine.”
Amy Galea, Executive Lead for the Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, said:
“We are delighted to team up with the Albion as the football club is such a key part of Brighton & Hove and the surrounding area.
“More and more people are continuing to come forward to have their first vaccine, and we want everyone to know it is never too late.
“If you have not had yours yet, please do – there are hundreds of vaccines available in the city every day. You can walk in at the Brighton Centre, come to one of the walk in sessions at Brighton Racecourse or a pop up session, or book by calling 119 or search for the national booking system.”
Full details of walk-in vaccination sessions can be found on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.
Don’t forget, you can easily share your COVID-19 vaccination status by downloading the NHS App: www.nhs.uk/nhs-app/. Once fully vaccinated, the details of your vaccinations will be securely stored on your NHS App and will be available two weeks after your second vaccination.