Members of Spain's squad for the European Championships have now been vaccinated against coronavirus after having the jabs administered by the armed forces on Friday morning. Those who have already had the virus, and recovered from it at least eight weeks ago, received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine while the remaining players and staff got the Janssen vaccination.
The decision to use the single-dose Janssen vaccine was approved despite concerns of its suitability for people under 40 given that a few cases of blood clots have been reported in younger people who have received it.
Midfielder Thiago Alcántara sought to reduce fears that this issue could affect players’ performances, saying: "We’ve been told that it won’t affect us on a footballing level for the first game."
The controversial decision to vaccinate the squad was approved earlier this week by the Ministry of Health as it was agreed immunising the team would give Spain the best possible chance going into the tournament. Other national teams had already vaccinated their squads.
Coach Luis Enrique expressed his frustration that the vaccination process for the squad could not be done sooner. He also said that he would be “annoyed if there was a negative reaction” regarding the decision to give the team the jab.
On Monday evening, Spain begin their Euro 2020 campaign with a game against Sweden at La Cartuja stadium in Seville (kick-off 9pm).