After worries about low vaccination rates, the Premier League claims that 68 percent of its players have been properly vaccinated against Covid-19.
The proportion of double-jabbed players was previously estimated to be fewer than 50%, with a number of managers, like Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp, urging top-flight players to comply.
For the first time, the Premier League has disclosed official numbers showing that 81 percent of players have received at least one dosage of coronavirus vaccine. “We will continue to engage with clubs to encourage vaccination among players and club employees,” the league added.
The league stated it would not name individuals and would not break down the numbers beyond a high figure. A vaccination rate of 68 percent is still well behind that of other European premier leagues. Last week, the Bundesliga announced that 94 percent of its players were fully vaccinated, with figures in Serie A as high as 98 percent.
After a period of increasing uncertainty and stress, the league will regard the numbers as trending in the right direction. Following reports last month that players were spreading vaccination disinformation on WhatsApp, the league held meetings with Jonathan Van-Tam, the government’s deputy chief medical officer, to improve vaccine uptake.
source : Guardian sport