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Pop star backs vaccine uptake

‘We’re all in this together,’ says pop singer

Pop star Tunde Baiyewu has made a personal appeal for people to have their covid vaccination.

The trust enlisted the help of the Lighthouse Family singer who also agreed for the track We’re all in this Together from his solo album Diamond in the Rock to be used on an NHS video encouraging people to have their vaccine.

Tunde, 55, said: “When the NHS asked me if they could use one of my songs to encourage more people to get vaccinated, I was more than happy to help. As the song says, we really are all in this together.

“Taking the vaccine doesn't just help you. It helps all those around you, and especially those you love - your family, friends, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, wife, everyone.

"So let's do it for each other. Let's do it so that we can get back to living our lives with the people we love."

The one millionth person received their first vaccination across north-west London last week.

Eye surgeon Evelyn Mensah was one of several members of staff who appeared in the video promoting ‘vaccine truths’ to reassure those nervous or sceptical about having the vaccination.

She said: “The acronym for team is ‘together everyone achieves more’ and it is a team effort that is helping us tackle the pandemic. 

"The fight isn’t over but we are getting there and we must all continue in our endeavour to create an NHS that is caring, compassionate and equitable.

“I’d like to thank Tunde for his generosity in allowing us to use his beautiful, aptly named song to continue our messaging around vaccine uptake.”

Chris Bown, CEO of LNWH, added: “It’s been a long year but we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. 

"However, it is important to respect current guidelines because the virus is still with us and our message to the public is to remain vigilant. Please have your vaccine when you are called for it.”

The Lighthouse Family were one of the most successful bands of the 1990s with their debut album selling 1.8m copies.

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