Richarlison insists it’s ‘important’ that Premier League footballers get vaccinated against Covid-19… and the Everton forward hopes he will ‘encourage lots of people’ to follow
- Richarlison has urged his fellow Premier League footballers to get vaccinated
- The top-flight had seen a rapid uptake in vaccination rates in recent weeks
- 81% of players have now received at least one jab after a government campaign
- The Everton forward has been public in trying to urge 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 footballers, explained his proactive position on getting the jab just as the top flight reported dramatically increased vaccine uptake among its players.
Sixty eight per cent of Premier League players are said to be fully immunised following weeks of reports in The Mail on Sunday highlighting vaccine hesitancy among squads. Eighty one per cent have received at least one inoculation after a concerted campaign by the Government and clubs to persuade players of the jab’s importance and explode myths about its risk.
Richarlison used his social media accounts to publicly share that he had been double jabbed
The Everton forward is a rare public advocate of getting fully vaccinated among footballers
Richarlison, who scored against his former club Watford yesterday, said he contributed to a public health campaign in Brazil to help his native country’s wider battle against Covid.
‘It’s important, isn’t it? Particularly now,’ he said in quotes published in Everton’s match-day programme on Saturday.
‘We were delighted with the return of fans to the stadiums. We always want to do good.
‘In Brazil, a lot of people were missing their second dose. It was important to share the photo [of him getting jabbed] to encourage people to have the vaccine, so the world can get back to normal. I hope I’ve encouraged lots of people to go to get their second dose.’
Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow was hospitalised with Covid, losing five kilos from fatigue
Sportsmail revealed last month that only a third of all top-flight players had been double jabbed. At the start of this month, this newspaper also disclosed that a quarter of players in the Football League were not planning to get immunised.
Club officials have been concerned that senior players were deterring team-mates from getting the jab by sharing conspiracy theories that claimed it led to infertility.
However, the Premier League said in a statement last week: ‘We can confirm that 81 per cent of players have received at least one Covid-19 vaccination dose with 68 per cent now fully vaccinated.’