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Spain players vaccinated three days before their Euro opener

  • Published at 07:31 pm June 11th, 2021
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Spanish players receive Covid-19 vaccines Friday, three days before their Euro opener against Sweden

Members of the Spanish army administered the vaccines to the squad and coaching staff

Spain's players were vaccinated against Covid-19 Friday at their training center, bringing an end to a long saga but provoking fears of potential side effects before kicking off their Euro 2020 campaign against Sweden Monday.

Members of the Spanish army administered the vaccines to the squad and coaching staff, the Spain team said in a statement, a day after finally agreeing with the government to inoculate players following a fierce debate on whether they should be allowed to jump the queue ahead of citizens.

Spain's preparations for the tournament were thrown into chaos when captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for the virus Sunday, forcing the team to isolate and training individually to minimize the risk of further infections.

Defender Diego Llorente also tested positive but has since returned negative results and is due to return to the fold later Friday after further tests.

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara expressed relief while briefing a news conference Friday shortly after receiving his jab.

The issue was also debated earlier in the week in parliament, where far left deputy Aina Vidal criticized the move.

Unlike other countries which have opened up vaccines to all adults, Spain is gradually working its way through age groups and is now focusing mainly on people aged 50-59, with some regions making a start on 40-49 year olds.


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