About a third of Premier League players not fully vaccinated

AP , Tuesday 19 Oct 2021

Almost a third of Premier League soccer players have yet to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and about 20% have yet to receive a first dose.

 Premier League
Players take a break at the side of the pitch after a medical emergency in the crowd stops play shortly before half time during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 17, 2021. AFP

The first vaccination data from the league shows its players are below the national average. Government statistics show 79% of people over the age of 12 in Britain have been fully vaccinated.

Only 68% of players have been fully vaccinated and 81% have received at least one dose, the league said.

``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,`` the league said in a statement.

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