In order to keep its national team away from any Covid-19 scare, the government of Spain sent in its army to vaccinate the members of its soccer team, which will face Sweden in its Euro 2020 opener on Monday.
The medical team of the Spain’s Armed Forces administered the shots at the team’s training facility near Madrid on Friday.
“We have had the privilege and the good fortune that the government decided to vaccinate us,” said Spain midfielder Thiago, who was infected with COVID-19 last year.
“While this is great news for us, I hope that we don’t have any adverse effects before the match,” he added.
Although the Spanish government is not providing vaccines to its people under 40, the soccer team was given a special permission keeping in mind the prestigious european tournament.
Spain’s preparations for the showpiece event had suffered a huge blow when captain Sergio Busquets and defender Diego Llorente had tested positive just few days back.
While Llorente’s subsequent tests resulted negative, Busquets tested positive on Sunday and is under a minimum 10-day isolation.
Earlier, a special permission was also given to its Tokyo-bound athletes.