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Premier League stars to be forced to get COVID vaccine in case of Lockdown

Premier League stars to be forced to get COVID vaccine in case of Lockdown


Holding a COVID passport (proof of having had two doses of the COVID vaccine) is set to be made mandatory at sports events and nightclubs in the UK from October 1st, something which has divided opinion.

However, according to a report in the Daily Mail, Premier League players will have the same requirements before being able to represent their clubs.

Previously, regular negative testing, for the most part, had been enough to keep the virus out of elite sportspeople’s bubbles, since the Premier League restarted in June 2020. However, this will no longer be enough, with the UK Government stepping up their vaccine roll out and now targetting the top division of English football.

This comes after both Arsenal and Aston Villa have had their pre-season efforts affected by COVID-19, while Manchester City called off their friendly against AS Troyes due to UK quarantine rules for those returning from France.

With full capacity crowds returning to stadiums, the chances of Premier League stars catching COVID will increase, and clubs chasing the financial boon stemming from increased ticket sales are likely to be supportive of the measure.

However, the Mail reports that this is not the same across playing staffs:

“youngsters at numerous clubs [are] understood to have reservations about being jabbed.”

How this tug of war over vaccination plays out remains to be seen.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.