Jude Bellingham: I would advise footballers to get vaccinated against Covid-19

Jude Bellingham. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)
Jude Bellingham. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images) /

Jude Bellingham has said that he would advise all footballers to get vaccinated against Covid-19, while adding that ultimately it is a personal choice for everyone.

The Covid-19 vaccination status of football players has become a big talking point in recent weeks. There have been a series of Covid-19 outbreaks at multiple clubs, especially in the English Premier League. And players are being urged to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Jude Bellingham has now had his say on the matter.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has revealed that he has had both of his Covid-19 vaccine doses, as well as the booster shot. And while it is ultimately a personal choice, he would advise other football players to get vaccinated against Covid-19. In an interview with the BBC, Jude Bellingham said:

"“I definitely think that footballers have a platform in society. It’s not for me to sit here and say everyone has to get vaccinated, it is a personal choice. I’ve had both jabs and the booster, just to be safe. I don’t want to be passing anything on to my family and be having to miss games myself.”“If people choose to get it, then they should get it. And if they don’t, then they should have a look at reasons why and stick to the decision. But obviously, I want everyone to be safe so I’d probably advise them to get it.”"

Borussia Dortmund revealed last month that all members of the first-team squad, coaching staff and the U-23s squad are either 100% vaccinated or have already recovered from the virus. Vaccination rates among footballers in Germany are also very high. The DFB revealed in October that 94% of the footballers and coaches were fully vaccinated.

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Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich caused a lot of debate earlier this year when he revealed that he had not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 due to concerns over its long term effects. He tested positive for Covid-19 last month and also had lung problems as a result of the virus. Kimmich revealed earlier this month that he has since changed his mind and is now willing to get the vaccine.