Leeds United and Covid-19 - Premier League reveal scale of vaccine uptake across division

Leeds United players Rodrigo and Stuart Dallas have already spoken on the record about being double-jabbed for Covid-19, but the Premier League has revealed that almost a third of top flight players have not been.

By Flora Snelson
Tuesday, 19th October 2021, 3:49 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th October 2021, 3:50 pm

This week, Raphinha has benefitted from his double-vaccinated status, which has allowed him to continue training and playing football after visiting red-listed Venezuela while on international duty.

The eased restrictions for internationals returning from red-listed countries, as agreed in a compromise between FIFA and the government, only apply to fully-vaccinated players and those without full protection instead have to quarantine in a government-managed hotel and cannot participate in club activity for 10 days.

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But the Premier League' s updated figures show that a significant portion of top flight players are not fully-vaccinated, with almost one in five yet to have a single dose.

The news comes days after the Premier League reminded fans that NHS Covid passes, which provide evidence of full vaccination or a recent negative test, are now a requirement of stadium entry.

In a statement on their official website, the Premier League said, "the Premier League can confirm today that 81 per cent of players have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, with 68 per cent now fully vaccinated.

"Vaccination rates are collected by the Premier League on a weekly basis and the League continues to work with clubs to encourage vaccination among players and club staff.

Leeds United fans wearing face coverings. Pic: Jon Super.

"No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and player vaccination rates will be communicated at appropriate intervals in the future."

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