WITH the drive to get booster jabs against Covid carrying on, some of our readers may well remember a similar campaign from 60 years ago.

This one was against Poliomyelitis, better known as polio, which is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.

And just like high-profile Saints players of today taking the jab to combat Covid, so did the superstars of the 60s.

And there was nobody bigger than the flying Springbok Tom van Vollenhoven pictured getting his jab to protect himself and to encourage others.

The notice issued by the County Borough of St Helens Health Department in May 1961 states that vaccination centres were open in Claughton Street, Hardshaw Street and the Town Hall.

The leaflet reads: "Owing to the present large demand for vaccination against Poliomyelitis, the following clinic sessions have been arranged and may be attended without prior appontment by persons who wish to have a first injection.

"Those persons who require second or third injections should await an appointment."

It is signed by G O'Brien the medical officer of health.