‘Disappointing!’ Sajid Javid slams England players for refusing jab ‘they’re role models’

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The Health Secretary shared his feelings with Times Radio following a report in The Sun newspaper which made the claims. The news comes despite organisers of next year’s World Cup in Qatar planning to ban all unvaccinated players putting the squad members at risk of suspension.

Mr Javid told the show how a “huge vaccine wall of defence” is being created in Britain but the news coming out of the England squad was not promising. 

He slammed: “I would just appeal to these people, whether they are footballers, whoever it is… that the vaccines are working. 

“Help protect yourself and protect those around you!”

Mr Javid acknowledged that the players have “made a conscious choice” but stressed nonetheless that “it is disappointing, of course it is”.

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The Health Secretary went on to note how the players are serious role models in Britain who could play a part in encouraging others to get the jab and get protected.

He said: “They are role models in society. People, especially young people, I think will look up to them.

“And they should recognise that and the difference that can make in terms of encouraging others.”

The comments follow a report this week which suggested only seven of the 20 Premier League clubs have succeeded in fully vaccinating 50 percent or more of their squads.

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While the overall average is said to be approximately one-third of all players.

Liverpool FC claim to have jabbed an astonishing 99 percent of their players.

Jurgen Klopp compared refusing the vaccine to drink-driving.

Mr Klopp said: “I explain it a little bit like drink-driving. We were all probably in a situation where we had a beer or two and thought ‘I can drive’.

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“But this law is not there for protecting me, it is there for protecting all the other people because I am pissed and want to drive a car. And we accept that as a law!”

It comes as England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam held a captain’s briefing on the issue of vaccine take-up last month and has also provided a video for players in which he addresses the benefits and casts off myths about the jab.

Speaking to The Sun before the story’s publication, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “I don’t know – our medical team would know but they wouldn’t be telling me who is and who isn’t.

“We will have an idea because there is going to be some things where one group is going to go through one door and another will go through another over the next few months, so I don’t know quite how we are going to keep that medical confidentiality.”

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