Christian Seifert described the almost complete take-up of the coronavirus vaccine as ‘pretty good’, emphasising ‘there is a lot at stake, it makes good sense.’
The 94 per cent figure comprises Bundesliga players as well as coaches and their staff at the 18 top-flight clubs in Germany.
Bundesliga chief Christian Seifert has revealed Covid vaccine take-up stands at 94 per cent amongst players and coaching staff in the German top division
Bundesliga clubs have encouraged their players to get jabbed against coronavirus with some success. Pictured is the recent game between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt
Clubs such as Hertha Berlin have told their players who are reluctant to get the jab they will have to foot the bill for their twice-weekly PCR tests going forward.
And Seifert, who is the CEO of the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) and vice president of the German FA, told Bild Live: ‘Everyone can decide for themselves, but you also have a professional responsibility for yourself and your body.
‘This is how you earn your money. I have little understanding if you don’t get vaccinated.’
Having started the season in front of restricted capacity crowds, the Bundesliga will soon be in a position to welcome full houses again.
Bayern Munich, for example, could attract their first sell-out crowd of 75,000 for the visit of Hoffenheim on October 23 with spectators required to show evidence of double vaccination or a recent negative test.
The Bundesliga will soon return to having capacity crowds at their matches, though fans will have to supply evidence of being double jabbed or having tested negative for Covid-19
Though the Premier League welcomed back capacity crowds at the start of the season, take-up of the vaccine among its players has been poor.
The league hasn’t released official figures but the BBC reported that in an email sent to the 20 top-flight clubs clubs in September, the league said: ‘Only seven clubs’ squads are more than 50 per cent fully vaccinated.’
Wolves have confirmed 100 per cent of their players and staff have been fully vaccinated with two doses, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said ’99 per cent’ of his players were vaccinated.
However, it appears many other Premier League clubs are struggling to convince their players to get jabbed amid a proliferation of anti-vaccination conspiracy theories.
The Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said at the beginning of August he hoped the ‘vast majority’ of players would be vaccinated by the end of the month.
Jurgen Klopp revealed a high vaccine take-up at Liverpool but other clubs are lagging behind
That followed a virtual meeting with Premier League captains in which the deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, and the Premier League medical officer, Mark Gillett, in which they addressed the myths circulating among players.
But take-up has remained sluggish. Aside from Wolves and Liverpool, only Leeds and Brentford have revealed the vast majority of players and staff are vaccinated with at least one jab.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Steve Bruce, his Newcastle counterpart, admitted in August that members of their squads had also refused to get inoculated.
Bruce said players were being deterred by conspiracy theories about the supposed risks of the vaccine and the motivation for its rollout, while Solskjaer said of his some squad were ‘not sure’ about getting it.
Everybody in the Wolves squad has taken up the vaccine but they remain an exception
The Mail on Sunday revealed that a quarter of EFL footballers have no intention of getting the vaccine.
It is understood that some players are reluctant to get vaccinated against the disease because their youth and level of fitness mean they are unlikely to suffer should they contract it.
They are also concerned by stories of people suffering heart inflammation after taking the vaccine, even though official medical agencies have reported such cases as ‘very rare’.
One theory circulating among players is that Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 might have been linked to the jab, despite no medical evidence to support the suggestion.
One theory circulating among players is that Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest at Euro 2020 might have been linked to the jab despite there being no medical evidence to support the suggestion
Tammy Abraham revealed he has been vaccinated but Phil Foden, Fikayo Tomori and Jesse Lingard refused to comment when asked if they have taken the jab
Roma’s Tammy Abraham became the first England player to reveal his vaccination status in the build-up to the World Cup qualifier against Andorra.
The Roma forward said he had the jab but team-mates Phil Foden, Fikayo Tomori and Jesse Lingard refused to comment when asked.