SAO PAULO (AP) — Pelé acquired his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, calling it an “unforgettable day.”
The 80-year-old Brazilian soccer nice posted the information on his social media channels together with an image of himself receiving the shot in his proper arm.
Pelé, a three-time World Cup champion, didn’t disclose the place the dose was given, however he has been staying at his house in Guaruja, exterior Sao Paulo, for the reason that pandemic hit Brazil one 12 months in the past.
“At this time is an unforgettable day — I acquired the vaccine!,” Pelé mentioned. “The pandemic will not be over but. We should maintain self-discipline to protect lives till many individuals have taken the vaccine.”
Lower than 4% of Brazil’s inhabitants has been vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus.
Brazil has the world’s second highest COVID-19 loss of life toll, nearing 260,000 victims. Final week was the nation’s deadliest for the reason that starting of the pandemic, with 8,244 confirmed virus-related deaths.
Pelé additionally urged his followers to wash their fingers and keep house if attainable.
“Once you exit please don’t overlook your masks and keep social distance. This can move if we will consider others and assist one another,” he mentioned.