The Spanish outbreak, the no from England and the case of Austria: vaccines divide the national teams of Euro 2020

The Spanish outbreak, the no from England and the case of Austria: vaccines divide the national teams of Euro 2020
The Spanish outbreak, the no from England and the case of Austria: vaccines divide the national teams of Euro 2020

The anti-Covid vaccination of the players who will take part in the next scheduled European football championships from 11 June to 11 July, marked the organization of the various football federations involved in the tournament. In some cases, individual governments have imposed the administration of vaccines to all the athletes summoned, in others the situation has been managed following a principle of free will or even advising against inoculation on the advice of the doctors of the medical staff themselves, as happened in the case of the Austrian selection.

The cluster Spanish

In the last few hours, Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente’s positivity to the virus has made a health crisis already present in the Spanish retreat even more worrying. Because of the outbreak, in fact, the technical commissioner of the “Red Furies”, Luis Enrique, called well 11 players who are training alone in order to have any spare parts available as required by the Uefa regulation for the competition. In Spain, however, the controversy linked to the refusal of the Spanish Ministry of Health to the request to vaccinate their players made by the Spanish federation is very strong. While having

the negativity of the other players, as a precaution the Spanish national team will take the Under-21 into the field in the friendly against Lithuania. A few hours ago, the Spanish health leaders decided to vaccinate all those called up in Spain with Pfizer with the help of the army.

Vaccinated by obligation or on a voluntary basis

Covid vaccines have been mandated by some governments. This is the case of the Italian national team, which in May received the executive authorization to immunize the players eligible for the call-up. The same choice also for Belgium and Poland, both covered by vaccinations for both the athletes and the technical staff. In the case of the Belgian selection, the times were shortened by administering the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine. The other solution adopted by the associations, such as the French and Dutch ones, provided that the vaccines were received by all the players who wanted them, without particular obligations. Also for Switzerland, Italy’s opponent in group A, the vaccine was subjected on a voluntary basis.

The Austrian and the English cases

Among the cases of vaccines in the Euro 2020 national teams, the situation in Austria also emerges. In fact, this national team vaccinated only the players who had undergone inoculation before the pre-European withdrawal. As reported by Sky Sport the doctor of the national team, Michael Fiedler, has in fact advised against the Austrian footballers to receive the vaccine in order not to skip a few training sessions due to any adverse reactions. The other case that creates a paradox is that of the England national team. Although the players refused to receive the vaccine so as not to pass in front of those who had priority, and their coach Gareth Southgate said that “it would be appropriate to vaccinate them if they are asked to play”, the government has not forced the selection to any obligation. vaccinal. To attend a match scheduled at Wembley, the London stadium that will host the matches of the English in the group stage, however, it will be necessary to be immunized.

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