Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club have been praised by the city’s health chief for having 100% of the team and coaching staff vaccinated against Covid-19. The club is amongst only a handful of the 20 clubs in the Premier League who have publicly confirmed that all of their players and coaching staff are fully vaccinated against the deadly virus.
John Denley, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director for Public Health, said: “It’s wonderful to see Wolves set such a shining example to their fans and to the wider Premier League, that the best way of protecting ourselves and others from the deadly virus is to get fully vaccinated.
“Players and staff like Head Coach Bruno Lage are great role models for our city and are leading the way in this. There aren’t many Premier League clubs who can say that all of the players and coaching staff have had their Covid-19 vaccinations.
“We are also grateful for the support the club has given to the vaccine rollout in Wolverhampton, from Bruno going on record to encourage others to get vaccinated, to hosting our vaccine bus which proved extremely popular each time it was there. The Wolves Foundation also kindly donated a signed team shirt as an extra incentive for people to get their jabs.”
Bruno Lage, Wolves Head Coach, previously said: "I arrived here with no vaccine and I’ve already taken both of them.
“All of my players have had theirs as well. Here at Wolves, it’s not a question. We all need to do the best thing to get back to normal life.
"That’s why I did it and that’s why all my players did it. It’s important for all the world, not only the players. The quicker we can return to normal, I think it will be good for everyone."
Speaking about the vaccine, Wolves player Ruben Neves added: “When we have something that can help us to have a normal life and there is no proof that it is bad, I think we just need to take it and think of all the people around us, because it will be really good for the people that take it, and the people they are around.”
Covid-19 vaccinations are available in Wolverhampton for anyone over the age of 16, either at walk-in vaccination clinics around the city, or by pre-booking an appointment. Details of walk-in clinics can be found at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/local-vaccine and vaccination appointments can be booked online at www.nhs.co.uk/covidvaccine or by calling NHS 119.
The latest figures show there were 332.8 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 875 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.