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Darts ace Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor finds himself on the pointy end for a change as he gets Covid jab

DARTS ace Phil “The Power” Taylor finds himself on the pointy end for a change as he gets his jab.

The 60-year-old - winner of a record 16 world championships and the most successful player in history - lined up for his vaccine at a JCB factory in Cheadle, Staffs, yesterday.

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He received his first dose of the life-saving jab from nurse Emma Junasziw at the plant which has been partially converted into a vaccine hub.

Urging other Brits to get jabbed, Phil, of Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent, said: “I have to say that I am mightily relieved to have had my jab.

“Luckily, the nurse who did it had a perfect aim and I didn’t feel a thing. I would encourage everyone to get the vaccination.

“The more people who get it, the sooner we can return to normal and start living our lives again.”

Part of the factory, which makes mini-excavators, has been turned into a hub to allow a team of doctors to vaccinate up to 40,000 people against Covid-19.

The company teamed up with a group of GPs in the Staffordshire Moorlands to transform the plant into a vaccination hub back in December.

Practice Manager Jessica Harding said: “Vaccinations are progressing well at our JCB vaccination site and it’s great to be able to raise awareness of the programme with Phil Taylor and to highlight the fantastic work all our teams, and particularly our volunteers, are doing.”

JCB’s company doctor Jonathan Graham said: “As the biggest employer in the Staffordshire Moorlands we are extremely happy to help our local GPs deliver such a hugely important vaccination programme.

“Many of those receiving their injections at JCB Compact Products will have family members who work for the company, so we naturally wanted to help.”

Other celebrities getting their jabs included footie pundit Chris Kamara, 63, in Leeds - where he urged minority ethnic communities to do the same - while Shout singer Lulu, 72, also got hers.

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