Darts ace Phil powers on after getting jab

Former world darts champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor went for his virus vaccine jab at a JCB factory and said the nurse had the perfect aim.

Phil Taylor with nurses Deepa Muthumanickam (left) and Emma Junasziw.
Phil Taylor with nurses Deepa Muthumanickam (left) and Emma Junasziw.

Phil, aged 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, which has been turned into a makeshift medical centre.

Nurse Emma Junasziw administered the injection and Phil 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.”

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 in December.

Phil, of Werrington, Stoke-on-Trent, added: “I would encourage everyone to get the vaccination.

Darts ace Phil Taylor has his jab in the JCB factory

“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.”

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