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Several Republic of Ireland footballers are unvaccinated against Covid-19 – Kenny

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has confirmed that there are several players within the senior men’s team who remain unvaccinated against Covid-19.

The news comes as Irish player Callum Robinson announced he was not vaccinated against the virus.

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“It’s everyone’s personal choice”, Robinson told reporters.

“I haven’t been vaccinated, no. That’s my choice at this moment in time.”

“As I said, it’s obviously annoying that I’ve caught [Covid-19] twice but I haven’t been vaccinated. Further down the line I could change my mind and want to do it but at this moment in time I haven’t been vaccinated, no.”

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Manager Stephen Kenny was then asked about players in the squad being unvaccinated and the message this sends out.

Kenny replied: “Well, I think it would be quite a radical viewpoint to just say ‘Right, whoever is not vaccinated is not being selected in the future’. I’m not aware of anybody who has done that in any sport at the moment.”

“I am double vaccinated myself and, ideally of course, we’d like everyone to be”.

“I trust the medical experts , I’m not an expert myself in that field, far from it. I trust the medical experts and they recommend that it gets done. It makes it a safer environment for everyone.”

When asked how many of the players remain unvaccinated, Kenny said it “wouldn’t be too many more” than single figures.

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