The Premier League in England confirmed on Tuesday that 68 percent of their players are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
It added that 19 percent would still have received their first dose, however.
The uptake of the vaccine among professional footballers was discussed at length and several England internationals chose not to discuss their status earlier this month.
The new numbers from the Premier League confirm that the sport has now reached a level of acceptance similar to that of the average 18-39 year olds across the UK.
“The Premier League can confirm today (Tuesday) that 81 percent of players received at least one dose of COVIDCOVID-19 vaccine, with 68 percent now fully vaccinated,” it said in a statement.
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“Immunization rates are collected weekly by the Premier League and the league continues to work with clubs to promote vaccination among players and club staff.
“The league will not disclose any specific club or individual details and players’ vaccination rates will be communicated at appropriate intervals in the future.”
During the international break, England manager Gareth Southgate suggested that players might oppose vaccination because they are being influenced by conspiracy theories on social media.
“You may be more prone to these types of views,” he said. “From what I can see there is a bit of confusion.
“And there are several different issues as to why they choose to get stung or not speak about it publicly.”
(dpa / NA)