Martin Kemp transforms into Father Christmas for booster jab campaign film

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Artin Kemp has dressed up as Father Christmas for a festive film that encourages the public to get vaccinated against the coronavirus this winter.

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The video shows the actor and musician preparing for Christmas by booking a MOT for his sleigh, polishing his shoes and trimming his beard.

Kemp, who turns 60 in October, is seen receiving his coronavirus booster before stepping out with a sack full of gifts.

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He said: “We all know that the start of Christmas can be one of the busiest times of the year – buying presents, decorating the tree, eating mincemeat with family and friends.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is to tick your COVID-19 booster or flu jab off your ‘to do’ list to make sure you can enjoy Christmas with your loved ones.

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“It’s fast and easy and will keep us all as safe as possible this winter. Go book your jobs now – Father Christmas said so!”

Kemp starred as the villainous Steve Owen in EastEnders between 1998 and 2002 and is the father of Capital FM breakfast show host Roman Kemp.

His band Spandau Ballet produced hits during the 1980s including Gold Through the Barricades and True.

The short film is part of the government’s campaign to encourage people to get a coronavirus booster or flu jab if they are eligible.

Around 20 million people in the UK have received a booster or third dose.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised all eligible people will be offered boosters by the end of January, with at least 400 military personnel helping the NHS.

This comes after the emergence of the new coronavirus variant known as Omicron that influenced travel rules and led to a return to mandatory mask-wearing on public transport.

Vaccine Minister Maggie Throp said: “More than 20 million people have already gotten their booster jab, giving them the protection they need to enjoy Christmas safely.

“I am delighted to see Martin Kemp play his part, encouraging others to contribute to this national mission.

“It’s never too late to take your first and second doses – I encourage everyone to come forward to protect themselves and those around them.”

Dr Nikki Cannani, deputy head of the NHS immunization programme, said: “It is pure ‘gold’ to encourage Martin Kemp to step into Santa’s shoes to pick up his life-saving booster vaccinations as much as possible.

“None of us are indestructible, but by joining 17 million others in receiving that vital COVID booster, you know you and your loved ones are protecting this Christmas.”

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