As the country gradually starts to enjoy more freedom, the government has invited Slimming World to join a campaign to urge people aged 50 and under to get their Covid-19 vaccine when their turn comes.
The ‘Every vaccination gives us hope’ campaign will encourage people who are due to be offered vaccines in the second phase of the roll-out to join the millions of people who have already had their jabs.
The campaign will predominantly be aimed at the under-50s, who will be offered their first dose, as well as the over-50s who are booked in for their second jab, to highlight the significant role the vaccine is playing in preventing infections, hospitalisations and deaths.
Slimming World is already encouraging its Consultants to take the twice-weekly home Covid tests where they are available, to offer them and their members an extra layer of security on top of the stringent measures already in place to keep groups safe.
Jenny Caven, director of external affairs for Slimming World, says that excitement among Consultants and members is mounting, as groups look to reopen on 17 May, with measures in place to ensure that everyone is protected and Covid-safe in the smaller, shorter sessions.
She says: “While our Consultants have loved being able to support members through virtual groups during the pandemic, we’re all extremely keen to get back to real-life groups. We know that the accountability of stepping on the scales in a physical group is the most effective way of achieving success, and we’ve already seen members returning to weigh in as restrictions have eased.
Slimming World is working hard to ensure that our groups are safe for every person we welcome back through the doors, and we believe that, if we’re all vaccinated, it will give us a greater sense of safety, reassurance and confidence as we get back to normal.”
Angela Crosby from York has been a Slimming World Consultant and Team Developer for 22 years, and is counting down the days until she can see her members in the flesh again.
“I was delighted to be offered the vaccine and couldn’t wait to make my appointment,” she says. “Protecting myself and others was very important to me, both personally and professionally. Being back in group will just be amazing, talking to friends face to face – we really are family and I’ve missed them so much!”
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock says: “The UK vaccination programme will go down in history as one our greatest triumphs in the battle against Covid-19. Vaccines are helping us get back to doing the things we love – like seeing friends, family and loved ones. This campaign is a remarkable and poignant reminder of everything we’ve been through as a country and everything we have to look forward to – as well as of the tireless efforts of our NHS heroes. Every vaccination gives us hope, and I urge everyone to take up the offer of a vaccine when it comes, as we continue on the path back to normality.”