New PDC World Darts Champion, Gerwyn Price, expressed surprise at being asked to boost the rate of vaccinations in his native Wales. ‘It was totally unexpected, I thought I would get offers from other sponsors but when the NHS in Wales got in touch, I was delighted to lend a hand’ he said.
Price explained that his new role involves throwing as many vaccine syringes as possible at ‘targets’ indicated by a circle on the patients forearm, from a new ‘oche’ distance of 2m.
‘When you think about it, it’s not that different from my day job and I still get to practice as well as do my bit for the community’.
Patients were bemused by the new service with some expressing concern about the wisdom of the approach. ‘In principle, I was fine with it, but I took exception when Price landed three syringes into my forearm in what he called a tight grouping’, said Michael Jones. Another patient, Robert Jenkins wasn’t so sanguine, ‘I’m not happy with being used for target practice, particularly when he managed to land a syringe on my cheek’.
A spokesperson for the Target Covid initiative said, ‘There’s bound to be some initial teething difficulties, but it is great to have our new world champion promoting our vaccination drive’.
The spokesperson refused to discuss rumours that other sports celebrities had been contacted, but confirmed that an offer from Oscar Pistorius had been politely declined.