EXCLUSIVE: Get punched! Premier League stars face MANDATORY Covid vaccination under new government plan… as top clubs face a race against time to ensure players get two doses within eight weeks
- Premier League players and staff face mandatory Covid-19 vaccination
- Under new government guidelines, negative tests will no longer suffice
- Younger players without family have reservations about jabbing
- Fans will need a Covid pass to attend matches from October 1st
Premier League players and staff face mandatory Covid-19 vaccination as part of a government plan to keep the sport going if there is a winter lockdown.
The government announced earlier this week that from October 1, fans will need a Covid pass to check their vaccination status to attend matches.
utilities Sports post has been informed that these guidelines also apply to players and other match personnel. Twice a week testing and Covid-protected red zones in stadiums and training grounds have ensured that the Premier League has been running almost uninterrupted since its resumption after the initial lockdown in June 2020.
Players not involved in international tournaments have started preparing for the season
But under the new government guidelines, negative tests will no longer suffice for players. Top clubs were eager to avoid queuing for vaccinations, but many now face a race against time to ensure their players get two shots within the allotted eight weeks.
That is a particular concern for those who have stars on holiday after participating in the European Championship.
The Premier League is backing the Covid passes as they believe the measure could help them run stadiums at full capacity next season and they plan to introduce them next month.
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Not all players are so enthusiastic, however, with youngsters from numerous clubs having reservations about getting stung.
Vaccination was previously left to individuals, but the clubs may soon have to follow the lead of other sports by taking control, as the ECB has done by ensuring all English Test players are fully protected before next month’s series against India.
Sportsmail has been informed that only two of the 20 Premier League clubs have so far managed to vaccinate all their staff.
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Players who do not want to be vaccinated can request an exemption for medical or religious reasons, although the procedure has yet to be determined.
Several British and Irish lions have rejected a vaccination before heading to South Africa, while not all Olympians have been stung in Tokyo.
The National Directive applies to all sports, some of which are less enthusiastic about the introduction of Covid passes. Numerous EFL clubs have expressed objections, arguing that it will deprive them of young fans and harm them financially.
They lobby the government for exemptions if the average crowds of clubs fall below a certain figure.
The Premier League is working with clubs to ensure all players and staff are vaccinated as soon as possible as they are committed to supporting government policy.
Covid test tents for players and staff were set up at Premier League clubs such as West Ham
Top clubs wanted to avoid jumping in line for vaccinations