Roger Tuivasa-Sheck got vaccinated to protect young family, teammates

Source: 1News

Sports star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is among the famous faces calling on Kiwis to head on down to get vaccinated for a safer community.

Tuivasa-Sheck was at a vaccination centre in Ōtara, South Auckland, for the Super Saturday Vaxathon.

The former Warriors league player moved to rugby union but is unable to play his first game for Auckland due to the lockdown.

Tuivasa-Sheck says it's "really important" to get vaccinated, "especially for myself as a professional sportsman".

"I know I’ve got to protect myself and my other teammates and other players from other teams so getting vaccinated and make sure I can do my job and provide for my family,” he said.

He says it's also important for himself and his loved ones to get vaccinated to protect those who are unable to do so, such as his young children. 

"If everyone's getting it done in our community, we've got a safe community."

Tuivasa-Sheck added: “I know that a lot of people are sitting on the fence right now and I’ve done it, my friends and my family have done it - there’s nothing wrong with it, there’s no side effects, all the things that you hear about.

"It’s a great way just to keep our community safe and I’m encouraging everyone to get down and do it."

He gave a "massive shout-out to South Seas and everyone playing their part in creating a vibe so when you come down, it’s a good place to be".

"There’s food and there’s free ice cream and there’s music going so again, come down. Ōtara, they’re playing their part here and just enjoying it and get vaccinated.

“Massive shout-out to everyone who’s played their part so far. Let’s keep on encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and let’s create this safe community and let’s see the levels drop."

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in July 2021