68% of players are said to have received two doses, with 81% having received the first dose.
COVID-19: Increased Percentage of Premier League Football Vaccine Uptake
Positive Response to Criticism at Lack of Vaccinated Players in Recent Months
These numbers suggest a large number of Premier League footballers have decided to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
In recent months, criticism has been aimed at those in the top flight for not bothering or deciding against getting vaccinated, despite their highly-regarded status.
Away from the Premier League, West Bromwich Albion forward Callum Robinson recently admitted that he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Earlier in October, in quotes carried by BBC Sport, Robinson said: “I haven’t been vaccinated, no. That’s my choice at this moment in time,” Robinson replied when questioned on the subject.
“It’s obviously annoying that I’ve caught it twice but I haven’t been vaccinated. Further down the line I could change my mind and want to do it.”
His comments sparked discussion but it must be noted that he did not rule out getting vaccinated in the future.
As of September, 49% of players were double jabbed. The Premier League’s latest update reveals a 19% increase on that.
Over four in five Premier League players have received one dose of the vaccine too.
Jonathan Van-Tam Positive on the Situation
The UK’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam has spoken positively to BBC Sport about the news, he said: “This latest data shows the tide is very clearly turning.
“It shows that people are listening to sensible messages from well-informed health professionals. That is where you get the good advice from, you don’t get it from the internet, or Instagram or Facebook.
“It is brilliant and is a real positive change.”
Van-Tam has been working with the Premier League to ensure players are provided with the correct information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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