Quarter Of EFL “Players Do Not Want Jab”

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A quarter of footballers at English Football League member clubs “do not intend to acquire a vaccine” against Covid-19, according to the English Football League.

As of last month, 31% of players have yet to receive their first dose. The data were published after the EFL tightened rules at first-team training grounds and mandated more frequent testing.

It comes as other games scheduled for Saturday across all three divisions were postponed. Updated information on the minimum number of available players needed to complete a fixture has also been distributed.

Clubs will be expected to play a match in which they have 14 players available from their registered squad list, including a goalkeeper.

The EFL collected vaccine data in November and found that 75% of players were fully vaccinated, had a single shot, or were planning to be vaccinated.

A total of 59 percent of players were double-vaccinated, with 10% having had only one dosage at the time and 6% scheduled to have their first jab.

However, 25% of players claimed they “do not intend to receive a vaccine at this time.” In September, 49 percent of EFL players had had two vaccinations, up from 18 percent the month before.

Source: BBC Sport

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