As the country plans to expand Covid-19’s rollout to younger adults, Elton John and Michael Caine have released a video messaging Britons to get vaccinated against the disease.

With support from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), John auditions for a role in an information campaign about vaccines.

Legendary British singer Elton John attempts a Michael Caine impression but fails to impress the casting team – until Caine himself makes an appearance. The National Health Service said both celebrities had already been immunized against the coronavirus.

Their appeal for more Brits to get inoculated comes as the UK looks to broaden its rollout. Britain has already vaccinated more than 12 million people with at least one dose and is now asking people aged 70 and over in England who haven’t been vaccinated to book an appointment.

He stated, “I wanted to take part in this film to help show people the benefits of getting vaccinated and how it helps protect ourselves and the people we love. So, I hope we can all come together and do our bit in the fight against this wretched disease.”

A video appears when the 73-year-old sings his 1980s hit “I’m Still Standing” while pretending to get a shot. 87-year-old Caine tells viewers that the vaccine won’t hurt them — before adding his signature statement, “Not many people know that.”

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said there had been an outstanding uptake of vaccines in the elderly population; the campaign was intended to encourage others in a similar position to do so.

Stevens said, “Well, over nine out of ten people aged 75 and over have already taken up the offer of their NHS Covid vaccination, and now we want to encourage everyone in the high priority groups to do so.”

He added, “That’s why we’re grateful to Sir Elton and Sir Michael for helping the NHS promote vaccine uptake.”
By mid-February, the government will provide a vaccine to everyone in the four highest-risk groups in its program.

However, community protection can only be achieved when most of the population has been vaccinated. Scientists have expressed concern about the challenges posed by misinformation and vaccine hesitancy in reaching that milestone.

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