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Ponty Rugby backs the vaccine

As the vaccination programme against the Covid pandemic continues, Pontypridd RFC offers its unequivocal support and urges all connected with the club to take up the offer of a jab when it comes.

Administering the vaccine across the population offers a way out of lockdown, and gives a glimmer of hope of having a crowd back at Sardis Road to watch a game of rugby.

Club surgeon David Pemberton (pictured below) works on the front-line with the NHS at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and echoes the call for Ponty supporters, players and staff to be vaccinated.

“We are all looking forward to seeing outdoor sports being played again” said Pemberton, “to see a crowd back at Sardis, to see people being able to socialise in the clubhouse after the game, which is what its all about. We need everyone to be vaccinated to make that possible, to protect ourselves from the virus and to prevent its spread through the family generations.

“I think there is a willingness amongst the population to have the vaccine, but we need to promote that especially amongst the younger age groups as there is a lot of misinformation being bandied about on social media.”

Pemberton and his fellow surgeon Stuart Roy, along with the other doctors and dentists connected with Ponty RFC have felt the extreme pressure under which the NHS has been working over the past twelve months.

“We have all been vaccinated as front-line health workers” said Pemberton “not only to protect ourselves but to prevent transmitting the virus to our loved ones. There are no known significant risks that come with vaccination and we urge all who are offered to accept. This is the way to beat the virus and to get back to some kind of normality.”

Ponty Rugby fully endorses the call for all to be vaccinated, to suppress the virus and to allow the Sardis Road stadium and bars to open up again and for rugby to be played.