Wolves star says Ruben Neves says the entire first team bubble of players, coaches and support staff are fully vaccinated because ‘there is no proof it is bad’ and the team just want to ‘have a normal life’
- Ruben Neves insists that ‘there is no proof’ that the Covid-19 vaccine is ‘bad’
- Wolves have led the way on vaccines, with their first team bubble fully jabbed
- However, two-thirds of Premier League stars are yet to be vaccinated
- Neves says wanting a ‘normal life’ was also a key factor in Wolves’ decision
Ruben Neves says that ‘there is no proof’ that the Covid-19 vaccine is bad as the Wolves star insisted his team-mates are fully vaccinated ‘to help us have a normal life’.
The Premier League is facing a jab crisis with Sportsmail revealing that two-thirds of stars are yet to take their dosage, with senior players polluting dressing rooms with anti-vaxx theories about Bill Gates, infertility and the power of vitamins.
Wolves have led the way on vaccinations in the top flight, with the entire first team bubble — players, coaches and support staff — fully vaccinated.
Former boss Nuno Espirito Santo and club doctor Matt Perry are understood to have played an integral role in gaining the trust of the players in the vaccine.
And Portugal international Neves, 24, says that the desire to get back to ‘normal’ and the overwhelming evidence that the vaccine is good for you were key factors in the squad’s decision to get jabbed.
Wolves star Ruben Neves has insisted there is ‘no proof’ that the Covid-19 vaccination is bad
‘When you are in a moment like we are and find you are getting better and getting [back] to normal, when you have something that can help us to have a normal life and there is no proof that it is bad, I think we just need to take it,’ he told Sky Sports via Football Daily.
‘[We need to] think [about] all the people around us to be really good for the ones who take it and the ones that we are around.’
Sportsmail understands that in the closing weeks of last season, the first-team bubble were summoned to a meeting at Wolves’ training headquarters at Compton, on the outskirts of the city.
They were told by head of medical Dr Matt Perry that they were now in the eligible age range for the vaccine and that they would be expected to have it. They were given details of their appointments and relevant times and places. There was little mention of ‘personal choice’ or pros and cons — and was there no dissent.
Neves is understood to have been influential in persuading his team-mates to get jabbed
Wolves are the first Premier League side to boast a 100 per cent vaccination rate
With the most powerful voices in the dressing room such as Conor Coady and Neves fully on board, the first-team bubble travelled together to a health clinic to have their first course of the vaccine at the end of last season.
In general, take-up of the vaccine among Premier League players has been poor, despite 78 per cent of over-12s being double-jabbed in the UK.
The league hasn’t released official figures but the BBC reported that an email sent to the 20 top-flight clubs clubs in September read: ‘Only seven clubs’ squads are more than 50 per cent fully vaccinated.’
Aside from Wolves and Liverpool – who confirmed that 99 per cent of players and staff are vaccinated – only Leeds and Brentford have revealed the vast majority of players and staff are vaccinated with at least one jab.
Two-thirds of top flight stars are yet to be vaccinated in a growing crisis for the division
Officials are complaining senior players are spreading conspiracy theories involving Bill Gates
The Mail on Sunday revealed last week 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’.
England boss Gareth Southgate recently admitted he is unsure how many of his current squad have received both doses before Roma’s Tammy Abraham revealed he is double-jabbed.
Mason Mount announced on Monday that he had also been vaccinated but team-mates Phil Foden, Fikayo Tomori and Jesse Lingard refused to comment when asked.