Host of stars team up for NHS film to encourage adults to get a coronavirus vaccine

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    A host of celebrities including David Walliams, Asa Butterfield and Nicola Roberts have teamed up with the NHS to encourage all adults to get a coronavirus vaccine.

    In a new uplifting film released on Saturday, stars such as Colin Salmon, Derek Jacobi, Don Warrington and Jim Broadbent, will motivate everyone over the age of 18 to get their first and second jab.

    The group perform a two-minute musical number is set to the tune Rhythm of Life from the 1966 classic musical Sweet Charity.

    Stars: A host of celebrities including David Walliams, Asa Butterfield (pictured) and Nicola Roberts have teamed up with the NHS to encourage all adults to get a coronavirus vaccine

    Stars: A host of celebrities including David Walliams, Asa Butterfield (pictured) and Nicola Roberts have teamed up with the NHS to encourage all adults to get a coronavirus vaccine

    Directed and scripted by Josie Rourke and James Graham, the film has been released ahead of the NHS’s 73rd Birthday on July 5. 

    The film will encourage people to keep coming forward to get their vaccine and play their part in getting the UK back to ‘the rhythm of life’, as the jab rollout paves the way for lockdown easing this July. 

    While dancing in the film, Asa Butterfield calls on viewers to ‘get that vaccine’, Don Warrington exclaims ‘I’ve had mine!’.

    Famous faces: The group perform a two-minute musical number is set to the tune Rhythm of Life from the 1966 classic musical Sweet Charity (pictured is Nicola Roberts)

    Famous faces: The group perform a two-minute musical number is set to the tune Rhythm of Life from the 1966 classic musical Sweet Charity (pictured is Nicola Roberts)

    In other scenes, Jim Broadbent delivers the final line saying ‘just get that vaccine,’ and encourages people to play their part in getting us back to the ‘rhythm of life’. 

    Actor Jim said: ‘The film gave us the chance to show our appreciation and celebration for the NHS vaccine rollout in the best way we know-how.  

    ‘Thank you to the millions who have already received their vaccinations and please ‘just get your vaccine’ to the rest.

    Fun: Directed and scripted by Josie Rourke and James Graham, the film has been released ahead of the NHS's 73rd Birthday on July 5 (pictured is Sandra Marvin)

    Fun: Directed and scripted by Josie Rourke and James Graham, the film has been released ahead of the NHS’s 73rd Birthday on July 5 (pictured is Sandra Marvin)

    ‘Vaccines are helping us get back to everything we love and every industry – including the Arts – couldn’t be more grateful to each and every person for getting their vaccine.’

    David Walliams added: ‘The NHS has done an absolutely fantastic job rolling out COVID-19 vaccines at such speed and, as we do in the film, I want to implore everyone to get their vaccine when called so we can get back to the all-singing, all-dancing, rhythm of life that we love.’

    The film will be shown across YouTube and NHS and Department of Health social media channels. 

    Motivation: The film will encourage people to keep coming forward to get their vaccine and play their part in getting the UK back to'the rhythm of life' (pictured is Russel Tovey)

    Motivation: The film will encourage people to keep coming forward to get their vaccine and play their part in getting the UK back to ‘the rhythm of life’ (pictured is Russel Tovey)

    Encouragement: The film will be shown across YouTube and NHS and Department of Health social media channels (pictured is Jim Broadbent)

    Encouragement: The film will be shown across YouTube and NHS and Department of Health social media channels (pictured is Jim Broadbent)

    Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: ‘Vaccines are saving lives, protecting the NHS, and will ensure we get bums back on seats safely. Every adult in the country can now get their jab.

    ‘Thank you to all these stars for getting the message out.

    ‘Let’s get them back on stage by finishing the job with the vaccine rollout.’ 

    Singing: Don Warrington appears in the film supporting the COVID-19 vaccination programme, released to mark the NHS's 73rd birthday

    Singing: Don Warrington appears in the film supporting the COVID-19 vaccination programme, released to mark the NHS’s 73rd birthday

    Uplifting: While dancing in the film, Asa Butterfield (pictured) calls on viewers to'get that vaccine', Don Warrington exclaims'I've had mine!'

    Uplifting: While dancing in the film, Asa Butterfield (pictured) calls on viewers to ‘get that vaccine’, Don Warrington exclaims ‘I’ve had mine!’

    Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘Vaccines save lives so it is fantastic to see some of our most beloved stars in entertainment back the vital vaccination rollout, which is helping this country fight this pandemic.

    ‘The evidence is clear, the vaccine is the best way to help protect yourself and your loved ones, so if you get the call do not delay in booking your appointment as we do everything we can to get back to normal life.’ 

    A total of 82.7 million doses have been given across the UK, with 44.7 million people receiving their first dose and 32.8 million people receiving their second dose. 

    Stunning: Nicola Roberts looked incredible in the video in a long black dress while sporting a pop of red lip

    Stunning: Nicola Roberts looked incredible in the video in a long black dress while sporting a pop of red lip

    Progress: A total of 82.7 million doses have been given across the UK, with 44.7 million people receiving their first dose and 32.8 million people receiving their second dose (pictured is Derek Jacobi)

    Progress: A total of 82.7 million doses have been given across the UK, with 44.7 million people receiving their first dose and 32.8 million people receiving their second dose (pictured is Derek Jacobi)

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