Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, expressed the concern that he did not understand why some people were shying off from the coronavirus vaccination following the concerns on the rate of players who had taken the jab in preparation for participation in the Premier League. Fewer than half of players have been vaccinated.
According to Klopp, 99% of the players in his club had been vaccinated, and he did not have to convince them to take the jab. The German national noted that the decision to take the jab is not to protect oneself and the people around.
Klopp noted that everyone ought to understand why the vaccine is crucial for them. “I don’t understand why that is a limitation of freedom,” he said. “Because if it is, then not being allowed to drink and drive is a limitation of freedom as well – but we accept that.
Any player who wants safety for themselves and the team members should get the vaccination. If negligence makes you get the virus and suffer, it will be your fault. On the same note, you will be to blame if you get the virus and spread it to other people because you could have prevented it by getting the vaccine in time.
Rumors had it that the Premier League was considering whether it would reward the clubs with the highest vaccination rate against coronavirus. It has been confirmed that only seven clubs have a vaccination rate exceeding 50%, which shows we have a long way to go.
The announcement on October 1st by the Premier League that players will be allowed to travel to the red-list countries to represent their nations World Cup Qualifiers, but this will be allowed only when they have received full vaccination.
Klopp was extremely comfortable with the announcement because they had surpassed this threshold.
According to NBA, unvaccinated players who failed to comply with the local vaccination mandate failed to get paid for their missed games. The NBA executives and stars pushed for the vaccination of every player. Although 90% of the league had been vaccinated, a few handouts still remained, which could be costly for the players and the team.
It was agreed that unvaccinated NBA players who failed to comply with the local vaccination guidelines would fail to receive payment for the missed games. The rule would affect all the unvaccinated players in Golden State Warriors and the Brooklyn Nets, given that San Francisco and New York require vaccination for their players, with restrictions to any religious exemptions.
Any player who fails to get the coronavirus vaccination will mean that they will not get a chance to participate in the home games. Yet, missing an opportunity to participate in the home games would mean that a player would get less pay. The announcement also clarified that the vaccination policies for the cities would not b applicable with the visiting teams who will be competing in their arenas. This shows how vaccination against coronavirus has been taken seriously over recent years to minimize the spread.