Luis Enrique raises concern over vaccine side-effects

Luis Enrique has raised concerns following the announcements of Spain’s health minister that the entire Spanish team will be vaccinated just ahead of their first match.

Carolina Darias had earlier stated that the players will be given the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to ensure full protection from the virus.

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Captain Sergio Busquets and defender Diego Llorente tested positive for Covid-19 although the latter has tested negative and could rejoin his teammates very shortly.

The entire Spanish team had to isolate themselves and any further outbreak might dash their European dreams. Enrique admitted the vaccine was supposed to be administered two months ago but that didn’t materialise.

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“The president [Rubiales] asked about the possibility of a vaccine two months ago more or less, with the idea of doing the whole process when the squad list was given.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible. We accepted that, we didn’t complain, and now there are negotiations but it’s not certain still. As they say, things at the palace go slow. If [Rubiales] and the doctors consider it necessary we will do the best thing for the national team.”

He also feared that the side effects of the vaccine might take a toll on the players. “I would have liked it to have been done when it should have been done, after giving the list.

“We have to know that there could be side-effects. We would like it to happen as soon as possible because there could be symptoms and issues, and that would really be bad for someone to have symptoms after the vaccine [so close to the game].”