Neil Wagner receives his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine

Neil Wagner was the last New Zealand cricketer to receive the Covid-19 vaccine prior to their tour to England in June 2021.

Black Caps receive vaccines ahead of English tour

Neil Wagner was the last New Zealand-based player at the Black Caps – the New Zealand national cricket team – to receive his Covid-19 vaccine ahead of the team’s departure for England this May, the team’s official Twitter account recently announced.

Out of the 20 players in the squad, 15 were already vaccinated with their first dose, with four of them – Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner – playing in the Indian Premier League, unable to receive their vaccine together with the rest of the team.

Wagner received his Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at the Tauranga Hospital, the first of his two shots with the serum.

Terrified of needles

Like many other others around the world, Neil Wagner was and still is terrified by needles, particularly the Covid-19 vaccine.

The odds of contracting the virus while unvaccinated are pretty high, but after the serum takes effect, they decrease way below the chance of winning a jackpot at Spin online casino. This is especially important when travelling to a place like England where the disease was, indeed, raging until quite recently.

Speaking to stuff.co.nz about his experience with the jab, Wagner revealed that it was “all over pretty quickly”. As you might expect, the left-arm pace bowler received the shot in his right arm, especially with training coming up in the afternoon.

Early access

The vaccine provided by the US pharma company Pfizer/BioNTech is currently the only one of its kind to be granted provisional approval by the New Zealand health authorities. The jab has been approved for use in certain conditions, for “reasons of national significance” that include the vaccination of the Black Caps and the New Zealand Olympic and Paralympic athletes got early access to the vaccine – applications started on March 31, and the vaccinations are well underway.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – APRIL 06: Minister for COVID-19 Response, Chris Hipkins, speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament on April 06, 2021 in Wellington, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start on Monday 19 April. The travel bubble will aid economic recovery by safely opening up international travel between the two countries while continuing to pursue a COVID-19 elimination strategy. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

“The key yardstick here is people travelling in an official capacity and ensuring their participation is in our national interest,” said Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins in a media briefing. “We also expect these requests will need to be made by the appropriate agency or association on behalf of the individual, not by individuals themselves. The final consideration is the level of risk travellers will be exposed to in the destination country.”

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The Black Caps are due to play a couple of tests against the England cricket team in early June, followed by the ICC World Test Championship final against India’s team played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, between June 18-22.

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