With everyone aged 18 and over now able to book a COVID-19 vaccination, the local NHS has teamed up with the Suffolk Football Association and Framlingham Town Football Club.
The young football players have worked with the NHS and created a series of short videos to share their thoughts on the vaccine, their hopes for the future and to encourage young people who are now eligible to get vaccinated.Liam Abraham, the popular manager of Framlingham Town since 2018, urges everyone who is invited to have a COVID-19 vaccination to take up the offer – and he says it’s the quickest way for football to get back to normal.
Speaking just before the Suffolk County Cup Semi-Finals which took place recently in Sudbury between Framlingham and Lakenheath, Liam said of the vaccination process: “It was really quick and easy; I had to wait only a very short time and the staff were great, they really looked after me.”
Looking to the future of sport and his team, Liam said: “I really want football to return to normal and be able to train properly again and use changing rooms. I am also looking forward to being able to socialize with family and friends in bigger groups.”
Team player Eden relishes the prospect of more freedom and the opportunity to go to out socialising again.
Another player, Anthony Fryatt, reflects on his positive experience of receiving his first dose of vaccine, despite his nervousness around needles and says that vaccination centre staff looked after him and made him feel at ease.
Dan Smith is eager to get out and about one more, and the Suffolk Football Association’s Lily Chiang is looking forward to the time when she can spend more time with her grandparents.
Anyone who receives an invite for a first or second dose is urged to act on it as soon as possible.
Anyone needing support to book their appointment can call 119 or the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS helpline number 0344 257 3961.
Watch the videos HERE