NHS England is reportedly looking to recruit ‘sane’ celebrities to hook up the Covid-19 vaccine.
Public figures and “influencers” who are “known and loved” will be given an opportunity to promote the jab as health chiefs fear Britons will not be vaccinated, according to a report.
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The Guardian reports that the Royal Family may even be on the cards, alongside other celebrities who did “sane stuff” during the pandemic like Marcus Rashford.
A source said: ‘NHS England is looking for famous faces, people known and loved.
“It could be some very sane celebrities who did sane things during the pandemic.
NHS communications experts have reportedly privately suggested that footballer Marcus Rashford may be a good choice following his campaign during a pandemic for free school meals.
Politicians are irrelevant, the source added.
It has already been suggested that Her Majesty be responsible for building the nation’s confidence in the vaccine.
The push comes amid growing fears that the British are not taking the life-changing blow as anti-axxers continue to spring up and spread dangerous misinformation.
A survey last month – shortly before news of the three successful vaccines broke – showed that one in five Britons said they would refuse to take a shot.
It is not known how this information has changed in light of recent breakthroughs at Astrazenica / Oxford, Pfeizer and Moderna.
Just yesterday, NHS chiefs told hospitals to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine in as little as seven days – with staff expected to be leading the queue.
NHS bosses have said hospitals in England could expect their first vaccine deliveries from Pfizer-BionTech as early as December 7.
According to hospital sources, NHS England said it should expect to get stocks of the vaccine on December 7, 8 or 9.
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The UK Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency is set to approve the jab in a few days, giving the green light for a mass deployment, reports the FT.
And health officials are quietly convinced the UK can pee the US and the EU and become the first Western country to allow the life-saving vaccine.
Only NHS staff will be vaccinated initially, with nursing home residents and vulnerable over 80s having to wait.