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NHS wants to recruit ‘sensible’ celebs and royals to plug covid jab over fears Brits won’t take it

NHS England is reportedly looking to recruit "sensible" celebs to plug the Covid-19 vaccine.

Public figures who are well-known for their law-abiding ways will be offered the chance to push the jab as health chiefs fear Brits won't get vaccinated, a source revealed.

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The Guardian reports royals might even be on the cards, alongside other celebrities who have done "sensible stuff" during the pandemic like Marcus Rashford.

A source said: "NHS England are looking for famous faces, people who are known and loved.

"It could be celebrities who are very sensible and have done sensible stuff during the pandemic.”

NHS communications experts are said to have privately suggested footballer Marcus Rashford could be a good choice following his pandemic-long campaign for free school meals.

Politicians are off the cards, the source added.

It has already been suggested that Her Majesty will be tasked with bolstering the nation's faith in the vaccine.

The push comes amid growing fears Brits won't take the life-changing jab as antivaxxers continue to spout and spread dangerous misinformation.

A survey conducted last month - shortly before the news of the three vaccines were shared - showed one in five Brits said they would refuse to take a jab.

It's not clear how this information has changed in light of the recent breakthroughs at Astrazenica/Oxford, Pfeizer and Moderna.

Just yesterday, NHS chiefs told hospitals to brace for a coronavirus vaccine in as little as nine days' time - with staff set to be at the front of the queue.

NHS bosses said hospitals in England could expect their first vaccine deliveries from Pfizer-BionTech as early as December 7, The Guardian reports.

According to hospital sources, NHS England said they should expect to get stocks of the vaccine on December 7, 8 or 9.

The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency is set to approve the jab within days, giving the green light to a mass roll-out, reports the FT.

And health officials are quietly confident the UK can pip the US and EU and become the first western country to authorise the life-saving vaccine.

Only NHS staff will be inoculated at first, with care home residents and vulnerable over-80s having to wait.

Dominic Raab reveals hopes vaccine will be distributed by the Spring and usher in different system

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