Shrewsbury players respond to Jurgen Klopp with dressing room vaccinations after match

Shrewsbury players respond to Jurgen Klopp with dressing room vaccinations after match

Shrewsbury Town players have responded to Jurgen Klopp’s call for people to get vaccinated against Covid-19 by having their jabs in their dressing room following Saturday’s win over Cheltenham Town.

Salop defeated the Robins 3-1 at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, thanks to a goal from David Davis and Daniel Udoh’s double to move two points clear of the League One relegation zone.

And with the NHS Vaccination Bus at their home ground throughout Saturday, where any member of the public could receive a dose from morning until evening, some Shrewsbury stars took the opportunity to get jabbed.

Town boss Steve Cotterill was hit by a severe bout of Covid-19 earlier this year, which left him in intensive care and bed bound for 69 days.

Cotterill’s men will take on Klopp’s Liverpool side in the third round of the FA Cup in the New Year.

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Daniel Udoh was one of the Shrewsbury Town players to get their vaccine in the dressing room
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With that clash a matter of weeks away, the German made an impassioned plea for Reds supporters to get their vaccinations with the Omicron variant of the variant spreading rapidly.

“I have no issue telling you I received my booster jab as soon as I was eligible,” he wrote in his programme notes ahead of Liverpool’s win over Newcastle.

“I won’t apologise for the view I hold on the vaccination, no matter how unpopular it might make me in certain sections of society. I’m the same privately as I am publicly on this.

“If I come across friends or people I care about in my life away from football and they tell me they haven’t had a jab yet, I do my best to encourage them to listen to experts.

“Ignore those who pretend to know. Ignore lies and misinformation. Listen to people who know best. If you do that, you end up wanting the vaccine and the booster.”

And with the vaccination bus at their ground on Saturday, Shrewsbury players and staff eligible for a jab heeded Klopp’s message.

Udoh, Elliot Bennett and Luke Leahy were all pictured receiving a vaccine, though the League One club have not confirmed the numbers of vaccinated players in the squad.

Former Blackburn Rovers star Bennett encouraged anyone who has not received a jab to get theirs ahead of Christmas.

Jurgen Klopp made an impassioned plea for people to get their jab earlier this week

“I’m pleased to have sorted my vaccine before Christmas as cases continue to rise,” he told Shrewsbury’s social media accounts.

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

Cotterill had selected Saturday as the ideal time for those members of his squad wanting a vaccine to get jab and gave an emotional perspective on protection against the virus.

“As we talk our lads are having either second injections or boosters now,” he told the Shropshire Star.

Shrewsbury boss Steve Cotterill was hospitalised with a severe bout of Covid-19 earlier this year
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“We then have done really, really well. I’m really proud of the lads with what they’ve done as regards that, from young to old. They’re in there now (having a jab).

“We’re going to lock the boys down now for three or four days, keep them away and they’ll have their injections. Whatever’s safe shouldn’t be criticised.

“I suppose it’s easy for me to administer at our club after having it to the extremities that I had it. Therefore I’m with whatever scientifically is the best for the UK as a whole, for everybody.

“Even if you don’t want the jab for yourself, have it for your family, your work-mates, your team-mates, your acquaintances, it’s the only way that we’ll try to get out of this, which is why everybody is ramping up the booster.”

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