- Jonathan Van-Tam filmed a video to persuade footballers to get vaccinated
- It addresses vaccine hesitancy among Premier and Football League players
- He introduced himself as a Boston season-ticket holder and football fan.
- Many Premier League clubs have players who are still protesting
- Arsenal’s Granit Zaka was the first confirmed player not to have been vaccinated
of Boston United The most famous fan, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam, is known for his colorful language. But he couldn’t be more clear in a message urging Premier League players to ignore the myths surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Mail on Sunday may reveal that Van-Tam has asked players to ‘mimic the words’ in a video designed to provide them with the ‘scientific facts they need’ to persuade footballers to get vaccinated. Will not.
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He introduces himself as a Boston season-ticket holder and football fan and takes issues such as heartburn directly to persuade players to respond.
Promising to ‘be straight with you’, he explains his professional career and the benefits of immunization from contracting the long COVID-19 in the three-minute video, which clubs hope will still be refusing to take the vaccine. Will give
The Mail on Sunday is aware of several Premier League clubs where a handful of players are still protesting, despite managers and medical staff desperate to vaccinate players as it makes travel and training much easier And may allow the Premier League. Strict rules of social distancing in the dressing room should be relaxed.
Jonathan Van-Tam urges Premier League stars to get the jab in personal video
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Strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) and Alexandre Lacazette (R) both contracted the virus
Clubs also fear that their season will be interrupted due to the increased risk of Kovid. Arsenal, who have had the worst start to the season, have lost Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Ben White and Granit Xaka to the Covid-19, which has put Mikel Arteta’s job at risk. It was confirmed that Zaka had not been vaccinated before contracting Covid.
Van-Tam’s video is not made available to the public, but is being distributed by clubs to players via WhatsApp video and in Van-Tam’s unique and straightforward style: ‘For you and for everyone’ The best protection for – and I’m not obsessing over my words here – is the vaccine,’ Van-Tam tells the players. ‘I’m going to give you some scientific facts that I think you need as a professional footballer. . . ‘
Then he tackles one of the major reasons that footballers have cited for not getting the vaccine, which is that it doesn’t make sense because you can still catch COVID.
Van-Tam says: ‘Some footballers have been hospitalized with Covid. This is no joke. If you have two doses of Pfizer, it will reduce your chance of getting sick by 85 percent and your chance of ending up in hospital or dying by 95 percent. It should be very clear that if you don’t get COVID, you can’t have COVID for a long time. And if you are a top player then you don’t want Covid for long.’
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Some players are fed up with teammates who are not double-pocketed as it complicates overseas travel for the entire team.
‘If you’re double-jeweled, you don’t need to isolate if you’ve had close contact with a positive case,’ says Van-Tam. ‘All you have to do is make sure your tests keep coming back negative. This means you will miss less training and games. Many countries insist on a COVID passport for travel and it will be difficult for players to play in European and international fixtures unless they are double-pocketed.
He also directly tackles some of the side effects of the vaccine, including a much lower risk of heart inflammation with the Pfizer vaccine. “There is a lot of potential for arm pain,” Van-Tam says. ‘Feeling tired, headache, aches, maybe a little sick. It rarely lasts more than a few days.
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‘I’m sure you’ve read and I’m sure you’ve heard about the serious side effects and I’m going to play it straight with you.
‘They can be but they are extremely rare. What is being talked about is inflammation of the heart. Let me tell you straight and straight that this is documented as a risk. But the risk of inflammation in the heart is much greater with Kovid than there is a vaccine.
Some football players are skeptical that the vaccine was developed so quickly and Van-Tam addresses myths that have worried some players for religious reasons, that the vaccine contains alcohol or animal foods such as pork products, Which would be problematic for some. Muslim.
‘It was developed quickly, there’s no question about it,’ says Van-Tam. “But no short cut was taken in terms of the standards to be passed.
‘Some of the Kovid vaccines have very low alcohol content. But the Pfizer vaccine, which is most likely to be given to you in the UK if you are under 40, does not contain alcohol at all. And none of the COVID vaccines we are using in the UK contain animal products.’
Fear of needles and suspicion of authority have been cited as reasons for a minority’s reluctance. With vaccine passports likely to be introduced for major sporting events later in the winter, the Premier League could find itself in the uncomfortable position that fans are vaccinated, but players and staff without vaccination are allowed into stadiums. Is given.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce also revealed that many of his players have not been vaccinated