Premier League and EFL clubs face PFA battle over plans to include vaccine clauses in player contracts after government demands footballers and staff be jabbed in October – despite some reluctance to have it
- The government wants all players and staff to be poked by October, according to Sportsmail
- Clubs consider making jabs against Covid as a working condition
- There is a reluctance among teens and early 20s to get jabbed
- The PFA are in favor of the vaccinations, but have a difficult balance to find
Premier League and EFL clubs face a potential battle with the PFA over proposals to include vaccination clauses in player contracts.
Sports post has been informed that several clubs are considering making vaccination against Covid-19 a working condition, out of concern that the use of the shot among players is low.
As Sports post revealed earlier this week, the government wants all players and backroom staff to be fully vaccinated by October, to provide consistency with the public and to help protect live sports from future outbreaks, although it’s unclear how this will be enforced.
Premier League players can have vaccination clauses included in their contracts this season
Government wants all top and EFL players and backroom staff to be poked by October oktober
As it stands, the government seems happy that clubs are taking the lead and the majority are actively encouraging players to get vaccinated. Some are even considering making it a stipulation in all future contracts.
The PFA are also in favor of vaccination in principle, but have a difficult balance to strike as they are also forced to champion the individual freedoms and personal choice of players.
Sports post It has been learned that there is a great reluctance among some players to get vaccinated, especially those in their late teens and early 20s, as many do not feel vulnerable to the virus or its potential risks.
After Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was hospitalized with Covid this month, manager Lee Bowyer appeared to be taking a laissez-faire approach to vaccination.
Birmingham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge has been hospitalized after being infected with the corona virus
‘You can’t force anyone, can you?’ he said. ‘Give someone the shot? They are grown men and it is their decision. You can give your professional opinion and advice, but that’s up to them as individuals.’
The Premier League was completed on schedule with just a handful of postponements due to Covid last season, but the virus is much more prevalent in society this summer and players are more vulnerable to exposure as the clubs have stopped exploiting tight Covid-protected bubbles .
Arsenal and Chelsea have had to change plans for their pre-season preparations due to positive cases and there are concerns about the possibility of major disruptions when the season starts next month.
Premier League clubs will again run a fortnightly testing program but players in the EFL will generally only be tested if they show symptoms.
Covid test tents have already been set up at Premier League clubs, such as West Ham (above)