Richarlison insists that it is ‘important’ that Premier League footballers get vaccinated against Covid-19
Richarlison insists that it is ‘important’ for Premier League footballers to get vaccinated against Covid-19 … and the Everton forward hopes it will ‘encourage a lot of people’ to follow
- Richarlison has urged his fellow Premier League footballers to get vaccinated
- The top category had seen a rapid increase in vaccination rates in recent weeks.
- 81% of players have received at least one hit after a government campaign.
- The Everton forward has gone public in trying to urge others to follow suit
Everton striker Richarlison says it is important for Premier League footballers to set an example for fans by encouraging them to get fully vaccinated against Covid.
Richarlison, a rare public defender of the jab among footballers, explained his proactive position to receive the jab just as the top flight reported a dramatic increase in vaccine uptake among its players.
68% of Premier League players are said to be fully immunized after weeks of reports on The mail on Sunday highlighting vaccinations among squads. 81% have received at least one vaccine after a concerted campaign by the government and clubs to persuade players of the importance of the jab and blow up myths about its risk.
Richarlison used his social media accounts to publicly share that he had been doubly criticized.
The Everton forward is a rare public defender of full vaccination among footballers
Richarlison, who scored against his former club Watford yesterday, said he contributed to a public health campaign in Brazil to help his native country’s broader battle against Covid.
It is important, right? Particularly now, ” he said in quotes posted on Everton’s game day show on Saturday.
“We were delighted with the return of the fans to the stadiums. We always want to do good.
“In Brazil, a lot of people were missing the second dose. It was important to share the photo [of him getting jabbed] to encourage people to get vaccinated, so the world can get back to normal. I hope I have encouraged a lot of people to go get their second dose. ‘
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Sportsmail revealed last month that only a third of all high-level players had taken a double hit. Earlier this month, this newspaper also revealed that a quarter of Football League players did not plan to get vaccinated.
Club officials were concerned that veteran players were dissuading their teammates from taking the hit by sharing conspiracy theories that they claimed led to infertility.
However, the Premier League said in a statement last week: “We can confirm that 81 percent of players have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccination and 68 percent are now fully vaccinated.”