FIGC President Gabriele Gravina confirms he is looking into making COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for Serie A and B players, as ‘4-5 per cent of players aren’t vaccinated.’
It comes after the Italian Government brought in a new Super Green Pass, which confirms vaccination status.
This is an advance on the EU Green Pass, which shows vaccination status, recent recovery from COVID or a negative test posted within 48 hours.
“I asked the AIC (Players Association) and the Lega Serie A and B to make players aware of the situation with some persuasion,” explained Federation chief Gravina.
“We have 4-5 per cent of players who don’t have the full vaccine Green Pass, but for some of them it’s because they received a vaccine that isn’t recognised in our country.
“We will verify the situation and if there are figures that suggest the football environment is not secure, we will ask the Government for an ad-hoc move, similar to the one used for personnel in schools.
“Even with the existing protocols, if there are ‘anti-vax’ people who enter the locker room, they create a very high risk. We cannot afford another debacle after all the sacrifices that have been made.”
There has been a spate of positive COVID cases in Serie A over the last few weeks, including Diego Demme and Matteo Politano at Napoli, Bryan Cristante and Gonzalo Villar for Roma.
Although the vaccine does make it less likely you will contract COVID-19 and will lessen the effects of the illness, it is still not a guarantee you won’t test positive, especially if in close contact with someone unvaccinated.
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