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Richarlison insists it’s ‘important’ for Premier League footballers to be vaccinated against Covid-19

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Richarlison insists it is ‘important’ that Premier League footballers are vaccinated against Covid-19… and the Everton attacker hopes he will ‘encourage many people’ to follow

  • Richarlison has urged fellow Premier League footballers to get vaccinated
  • The top flight had seen a rapid rise in vaccination rates in recent weeks
  • 81% of players have now received at least one shot after a government campaign
  • The Everton attacker has publicly tried to encourage others to follow suit

Everton forward 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 advocate of the jab among football players, explained his proactive stance on getting the jab, just as the top flight reported that vaccination among its players had increased dramatically.

Sixty-eight percent of Premier League players are said to have been fully vaccinated after weeks of reports in The mail on Sunday highlighting vaccine hesitancy among squads. Eighty-one percent have received at least one shot following a concerted campaign by the government and clubs to convince players of the importance of the jab and dispel myths about its risk.

Richarlison used his social media accounts to publicly share that he had been double stabbed

The Everton attacker is a rare public advocate of full vaccination among footballers

The Everton attacker is a rare public advocate of full vaccination among footballers

Richarlison, who scored against his former club Watford yesterday, said he has contributed to a public health campaign in Brazil to aid his native country’s wider fight against Covid.

‘It’s important, isn’t it? Especially now,” he said in quotes published in Everton’s match schedule on Saturday.

“We were very happy with the return of fans to the stadiums. We always want to do good.

‘In Brazil, many people missed their second dose. It was important to share the photo [of him getting jabbed] to encourage people to get the vaccine so the world can get back to normal. I hope I have encouraged many people to get their second dose.”

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow was hospitalized with Covid and lost five kilos due to fatigue

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow was hospitalized with Covid and lost five kilos due to fatigue

Sports post revealed last month that only a third of all top players had been double stabbed. At the beginning of this month, the newspaper also announced that a quarter of Football League players did not intend to be vaccinated.

Club officials were concerned that older players were keeping teammates from getting the jab by sharing conspiracy theories claiming it 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 Covid-19 vaccination dose and 68 percent are now fully vaccinated.”

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