Leeds United ‘set to be rewarded’ by Premier League for Covid-19 vaccination drive

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The Premier League are set to ‘reward’ clubs who have the highest levels of COVID-19 vaccinated players in their squad.

Senior officials are concerned by the slow uptake of the vaccine within players and the Premier League has briefed clubs on their proposals to increase the numbers.

According to The Daily Mail, a message was sent last week which read: “According to the data we have, only seven clubs’ squads are more than 50 per cent fully vaccinated, so we have a way to go.

“We are considering if and how best we can ‘reward’ those squads/players who are most Covid-compliant and who have opted to be vaccinated.

“It is increasingly clear that full vaccination will be the key criteria for Government and health authorities, in terms of international travel and potential Covid certification at large scale events.”

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The note also explains that guidelines around COVID-19 measures could be relaxed on a club-by-club basis for those that have a high intake of the vaccine.

Leeds United are reportedly one of the clubs that would benefit with their squad vaccinated between 89 to 100%, alongside Wolves and Brentford.

However, the report states that two clubs have as few as six players double-jabbed, which is a cause for concern as the Premier League aims to navigate a route back to normality.

Junior Firpo and Jack Harrison have both missed matches for Leeds in the Premier League this season after testing positives for the virus.

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