Serie A take firm stance on Covid-19 vaccination that Premier League could follow
Serie A will enforce strict Covid vaccination rules after government changes guidelines, meaning players will need to be trapped amid Omicron wave around the world
Serie A have adopted a new Covid vaccination stance after the adoption of rules by the Italian government.
From January 10, Italian players will have to be vaccinated, a negative Covid test will no longer be enough to enter the stadiums.
Professional athletes had been exempted from certain rules, but a tightening of the laws will force footballers to follow the guidelines, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The spread of the latest Omicron variant has forced authorities around the world to tighten their restrictions and players will have to accept the jab.
Fortunately for Serie A, according to the figures they reported, 98% of the players have been vaccinated.
However, several of them now need their booster jabs.
Their adoption is much higher than that of the Premier League, which had only vaccinated 68% of players in October.
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That’s up 77% this month, but still lower than some of the other European leagues.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been a staunch advocate for players getting the jab, saying the Reds will not sign unvaccinated players.
The German said that morally everyone should have the jab.
“From a moral standpoint it should be mandatory for every person I think, but it’s not from a legal standpoint, if that makes sense,” Klopp said recently.
“It’s a question of persuasion. If I’m doing something that helps the people around me then for me it’s mandatory – but obviously some people see it differently.
“I’m 54 and I really believe you can convince people of the right things to do, but I’m not sure in this specific case.
“England is a much better place in terms of vaccination than Germany for example.
“And it’s amazing how aggressive the anti-vax scene is and how clear it is with everything, they obviously know better than us, it’s really tricky.”
Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick echoed Klopp’s thoughts, saying the Red Devils will also take vaccination status into account when it comes to transfers.
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“I think that could be a consideration and I fully understand what Jurgen said,” he said.
“This is an issue that clubs need to give serious thought to.
“If you sign a player knowing from day one that they haven’t been vaccinated, you need to be aware that they might not be available.
“Not only for 10 days, but it could happen regularly around the time of Covid. “