Everybody needs to do their bit to help us get back to normal after the pandemic. And that includes demonic rock ‘n’ roll monsters!
Finland’s own Lordi of “Hard Rock Hallelujah” fame attended a pop-up COVID-19 clinic this weekend to receive his second dose of the vaccine. He also teased that the band has worked on new music throughout the pandemic.
The event in Rovaniemi aimed to encourage people to get the vaccine and promote rapid coronavirus testing.
Eurovision champion Lordi gets COVID-19 jab at pop-up vaccination event
Lordi and his eponymous band brought Finland their first — and to date, only — Eurovision victory in 2006.
And 15 years on, still dressed like a demon from a fiery hellscape, he’s doing his bit for society.
“They put a big needle in my arm, and that’s exactly why I came here. This was my second vaccine dose,” Lordi says.
The heavy metal singer is one of the many artists whose livelihood suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Lordi, whose real name is Tomi Petteri Putaansuu, cancelled many of his band’s tours in line with travel restrictions.
But he’s found a good use for the time. “It’s given us an opportunity to be creative. We’ve recorded seven albums [during the epidemic]”, he tells Yle.
Health officials hope Lordi’s appearance will encourage Rovaniemi locals to get the vaccine and participate in rapid testing.
The Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare reports vaccination uptake in Rovaniemi is lagging ten percent behind the national average in Finland.
But with events like this popping up around the area, that looks set to change.
Markku Broas, Chief Physician of Infectious Diseases of the Lapland Hospital District (LSHP), tells Yle the event was a success. According to Broas, more than one hundred people waiting to receive their first jab stood in line before doors opened.
“This event was very well received. A good number of vaccines were administered over the weekend, and young people in particular got vaccinated. That’s a really good thing,” Broas says.
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