'Bake Off' winner David Atherton signs up as COVID vaccinator

Julia Hunt
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: David Atherton attends the 2019 Global Citizen Prize at the Royal Albert Hall on December 13, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
David Atherton (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton has joined the coronavirus vaccine team and is urging people to show up when it’s their turn to get a jab.

The baker – who won the hit cookery show in 2019 – showed off his badge on social media after landing his new role administering vaccinations, promising he would be “gentle”.

“I’m a Covid Vaccinator!” Atherton, 38, posted on Twitter.

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“Please do your bit and come forward for your vaccine when invited.

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“I’ll be waiting and promise I’ll be gentle...”

He then joked: “WARNING, If you’re going to make a joke about me pricking you, it better be good!”

Fellow Bake Off contestant Ali Imdad was among those to reply after Atherton shared his news.

“Bro, sort me out,” he joked. 

“I'll swindle a cupcake and a Swiss roll your way.”

Atherton won the tenth series of Bake Off after impressing judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with his calm approach and tasty bakes.

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The baker is not the only celebrity doing their bit as the coronavirus vaccine is rolled out.

Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville is a volunteer vaccine marshall at his local vaccination hub in West Sussex.

The actor recently posted on Instagram about how proud he was to be able to help out during the pandemic.

“Delighted to be part of the support team as a volunteer marshall,” he told his fans.

“I get to wear hi viz and everything.”

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