Madrid, Jun 11 (EFE).- Spain’s national soccer team received Friday their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine ahead of its first match at the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament on June 14.
The decision to vaccinate the squad comes after team captain Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week. The players must isolate for at least 10 days meaning they will miss the opening match in Sweden.
No other players have tested positive so far.
“The purpose of this vaccination is to facilitate Spain’s participation in the Euro 2020 in full safety and to allow the national team to compete on equal terms with other participating teams that have already been immunized,” the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation said.
The federation has not confirmed which vaccine the players will receive and said it would depend on the “situation of each member”. It did however express preference on the Johnson & Johnson single shot vaccine so that immunization is not delayed.
The vaccines will be administered to 51 members including players, coaches and employees by army personnel at the federation headquarters in Madrid. EFE