Former world darts champion Phil Taylor hit the bullseye at JCB today – by getting his Covid-19 vaccination.
Phil, 60 – winner of a record 16 World Championships and the most successful darts player in history – lined up for his jab at JCB’s digger factory in Cheadle, Staffordshire at lunchtime so nurse Emma Junasziw could administer the injection.
Part of the factory, which makes mini excavators, has been turned into a medical facility to allow a team of doctors to vaccinate up to 40,000 people against Covid-19. The company teamed up with a group of GPs in the Staffordshire Moorlands to transform the plant into a vaccination hub in December.
Phil, of Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent, said: “I have to say that I am mightily relieved to have had my jab. Luckily, the nurse who did it had a perfect aim and I didn’t feel a thing! I would encourage everyone to get the vaccination. The more people who get it, the sooner we can return to normal and start living our lives again.”
The GP practices involved include Werrington, all three Cheadle practices, Waterhouses, Alton and Tean. Practice Manager Jessica Harding, of Well Street Medical Centre in Cheadle, is part of the co-ordination team leading the project on behalf of the practices.
She said: “Vaccinations are progressing well at our JCB vaccination site and it’s great to be able to raise awareness of the programme with Phil Taylor and to highlight the fantastic work all our teams, and particularly our volunteers, are doing.”