The Premier League have confirmed 77% of the top flight’s players have been double-vaccinated against Covid-19, with 84% having received at least one dose.
Footballers have come under heavy fire for their apparent refusal to get jabbed amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the UK, with previous vaccination figures suggesting players weren’t pulling their weight in the fight against Covid-19.
But the Premier League have now announced that 92% of club staff – including players – have received at least one vaccination dose and that 84% of top flight footballers are on the ‘vaccination journey’.
The Premier League added they will begin announcing vaccination rates publicly at the end of each month starting from January, while they are continuing to work with clubs to encourage players and staff to get jabbed.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken passionately on the issue of vaccination, asserting that it is morally the right thing to do and that 99% of Liverpool staff have received at least one dose.
“From a moral point of view it should be mandatory for each person I think but that’s not from a legal point of view, if that makes sense,” Klopp said last week.
“It’s a question of persuading. If I do something that helps the people around me then for me that’s mandatory – but obviously some people see that differently.
“I’m 54 years old and I am really a big believer that you can convince people about the right things to do but I’m not sure in this specific case.
“England is a much better place vaccination-wise than Germany is for example.
“And it is unbelievable how aggressive the anti-vax scene is and how clear they are with all the things, they obviously know better than the rest of us, it is really tricky.”