Spain sent in the army on Friday to vaccinate the national soccer squad three days before its first match at the European Championship, fearful of a coronavirus outbreak derailing its hopes. The shots were given by Spanish Armed Forces medics at the team’s training site in Madrid.
Spain midfielder Thiago said that “We have had the privilege and the good fortune that the government decided to vaccinate us.”
“While this is great news for us, I hope that we don’t have any adverse effects before the match.”
Vaccines can cause fever and exhaustion in some people, but they do not affect the majority of people.
In Spain, where vaccinations are strictly enforced based on age, the government authorized the soccer squad to be vaccinated ahead of schedule. No one under the age of 40 is currently eligible for a shot.
Spain has also granted special authorization for its athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics to receive vaccinations against the virus.
Spain’s preparations for Europe’s greatest national football competition were thrown off this week when captain Sergio Busquets and defender Diego Llorente both tested positive for Covid-19.
Llorente’s subsequent tests came back negative, suggesting that his initial positive result was incorrect. He might be able to return shortly, according to the team.
Busquets was found to be positive on Sunday and is being held in isolation for at least 10 days.
However, the squad stated that he is in good health and that he expects to return during the competition.
Spain will meet Sweden in its first Euro 2020 encounter on Monday in Seville.