Exeter progressing towards vaccination rate for players and staff required by the RFU, says director of rugby Rob Baxter
- Exeter progressing towards the vaccination rate required by the RFU
- Centre Henry Slade said publicly last season he would not have a Covid jab
- Most clubs will have 85 per cent of players and staff vaccinated by next month
Exeter Chiefs want their players to take Covid vaccines to meet the league’s threshold and allow restrictions to ease, though they acknowledge some will opt out.
Chiefs and England centre Henry Slade said publicly last season he would not have a Covid jab.
But it is expected most clubs will have 85 per cent of players and staff vaccinated by next month — which the Professional Game Board have set as a target to enable sides to ditch masks and distancing at training and matches.
Exeter Chiefs centre Henry Slade said publicly last season he would not have a Covid jab
‘We’re working towards it,’ said Exeter boss Rob Baxter.
‘Our approach as a club is that we’re pro our players getting vaccinated. We are very much encouraging it and doing everything we can to facilitate that.
‘At the same time, we’re also aware that there’s an independent right to the guys to accept it or not have it, but that’s our stance. We’re not going to force any player to have a vaccine, but we’re encouraging them all to have it.
‘I could quite conceivably see that the majority of the clubs, if not all, will be at that level of vaccination within the next few weeks, if not a couple of months.’
At league champions Harlequins, senior coach Tabai Matson revealed his side will have hit the 85 per cent target by their trip to Newcastle on Sunday.
Quins expect Marcus Smith to return on October 8 against Bristol after he went on the Lions tour, 10 days earlier than other tourists who require longer rest having played the Tests.