Even though professional clubs around Europe have been struggling financially as an outcome of the global epidemic, a 2021 football review discovered that the German league was the best tournament among Europe’s “top 5” leagues in coping with the consequences.
Based on the most recent reports, Germany has been looking at making COVID vaccines mandatory for all football players. This may be an issue for Bayern, who already have a slew of top players who ought to be vaccinated. According to estimates, approximately 10% of Bundesliga footballers have not received the vaccine. DFL said the number is based on consensual data disclosed by clubs, but it doesn’t have precise personal data, as to whether they got one or multiple doses.
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The statistics had been published despite a heated debate in Germany when Bayern’s international defender, Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich footballer communicated his unwillingness to get vaccinated due to possible adverse reactions, despite specialists arguing that the potential consequences of contracting the virus far surpass any threats from a vaccine.
According to Bayern Munich news, the club have been forced to separate their non vaccinated players from the entire team. The decision comes as Europe fights rising rates of infection. The delta derivative is gaining popularity in Germany, even with the government’s vaccination campaign well underway, some professional clubs feel it is time for officials to seriously rethink.
Other Players Who Are Yet to Take the Vaccines
Apart from Joshua Kimmich, here are 4 other Bundesliga Players who are yet to take the full doses of the vaccines.
Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala
Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala are two of the Bundesliga’s unvaccinated players. Both players are also on Bayern’s payroll, but mainstream press leaks have confirmed that the German Champions will not be paying salaries to non-vaccinated footballers during the lockout duration. The above players have also been quarantined since the weekend upon interacting with one of the club’s exposed personnel. Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern’s coach, has already voiced displeasure with the leak of information from their team. Although, if recent events in Germany are to be taken seriously, the issue will be sorted quickly. Musiala and Gnabry, based on Kicker reports, have both received the first vaccines. Gnabry won’t need to take another dose because he already had COVID, whereas Musiala’s full dose will be around the winter holidays.
Eric Choupo-Moting Maxim
Eric is also on the books of Bayern Munich. He was born in Germany and plays for the Cameroonian national football team. Choupo-Moting was scheduled to play in Bayern Munich’s match against Arminia Bielefeld last weekend, but together with other Bayern Munich players, he was screened and tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the club. The player had already been isolated due to close interactions with individuals believed to be infected with the virus. Bayern stated that he was “doing well.” His refusal to be vaccinated had alarmed public health officials at a time when vaccine uptake in Germany had slowed.
French footballer, Michael Cuisance who also plays for Bayern Munich is among the players in Bundesliga yet to get vaccinated. Cuisance who has represented the French national team up to the U20 level is a part of the group of Bayern Munich players who have gone into isolation after coming in contact with an infected individual. The player who had said in July last year that he wanted to play consistently for Bayern Munich in order to make the French top national team has refused to be vaccinated even though the regular documented frequency of the viral infection in Germany showed that it reached an all-time peak; the very first time it really has reached that level since the start of the outbreaks. Further research has shown that the concerning statistics are fueled in part by low vaccinations, and the German authorities were counting on a public figure like Cuisance to lead by example. However, he is yet to be vaccinated and there are no indications that he will take the jab anytime soon.
As stated in the article, 10% of the players in the Bundesliga are yet to be vaccinated and medical experts are presently evaluating prospective safety and emergency regulations for the nation’s unvaccinated. The question of whether pro athletes must be subject to the same regulations as amateur athletes is still being debated.
While being vaccinated doesn’t prevent an individual from getting the virus as can be seen in the case of Borussia Dortmund forward, Thorgan Hazard, experts have said people who are vaccinated stand a better chance against the virus compared to those who are not. As such, it is expected that more pro footballers in the Bundesliga will lead the initiative to get vaccinated in the next few weeks.