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US celebs post clips, sing to coax people to take Covid jabs

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Covid-19 cases are slowly slowing down since the vaccine was introduced near the end of 2020. However, some people still don’t have confidence in the vaccine due to its possible side effects.

A survey conducted by the US Pew Research Centre on 12,648 respondents aged between 18-29 years showed four out of 10 people are afraid to get the Covid-19 jab.

The queen of country music Dolly Parton, 75, is one of the many celebrities calling on people to take the Covid-19 jab as she has.

Parton posted a video clip on Instagram and Twitter taking a shot and singing a ditty to the tune of her hit “Jolene”, inviting people to take the vaccine. She has more than 4 million followers on Instagram and 5.2 million on Twitter.

"I'm old enough to get it and I'm smart enough to get it," Parton said. "I just want to say to all of you cowards out there – don't be such a chicken squat. Get out there and get your shot."

US President Joe Biden is also urging US citizens to not worry about the vaccine.

Former California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger was also filmed getting a jab at a drive-thru vaccination clinic. He too called on people to take the Covid-19 jab like him if they want to live.

The US has launched the Covid-19 vaccination programme for more than 50 million people. Biden’s aim is to have up to 100 million people vaccinated within the first 100 days of his presidency. The US is expected to reach this target by April 30.

In Thailand, the Covid-19 vaccine has arrived.

The Economist Intelligence Unit expects everybody in Thailand to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of 2022.

Published : March 04, 2021

By : The Nation