Spain squad vaccinated against COVID-19 amid controversy

2021-06-11 08:36:01 GMT2021-06-11 16:36:01(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

MADRID, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The members of Spain's squad for the European Championships were vaccinated against COVID-19 on Friday morning the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed.

The players were vaccinated by medical staff belonging to the Spanish military at the RFEF headquarters, serving as their training camp on the outskirts of Madrid.

Those members of the squad who have not previously been infected by COVID-19 were given the single dose 'Janssen' vaccine, while the handful of players who have been infected over the last year will get a single shot of the 'Pfizer-BioNtech' vaccine.

The vaccination ends several days of debate over whether the players should be vaccinated or not in the wake of the positive test for the coronavirus returned by midfielder, Sergio Busquets last Sunday.

Some argued that it was important to protect the players ahead of a massive sporting event. They will represent their country and pointed out that the team members for the Tokyo Olympics have already been vaccinated.

Others said that it was wrong for a group of fit and young sportsmen to be allowed to effectively queue jump and receive the vaccine ahead of others who could need it more.

There are also doubts about the timing of the vaccinations, given that the players will now need at least a fortnight before starting to build immunity to the virus. There are worries that if anyone suffers any adverse effects to the vaccine (even if they are mild) that would mean they are unable to play in Spain's opening game of the tournament against Sweden on Monday, June 14.

Defender Diego Llorente became the second player to give a positive result earlier in the week, but after now giving two consecutive negative tests, it is now thought he originally gave a 'false positive' and the Leeds United defender will be allowed to return to training if he again tests negative on Friday. Enditem