On Monday, most of the Italian players under Roberto Mancini’s consideration received the first jab of vaccination. As per some reports, 28 players were vaccinated at two hospitals in Rome and Milan.
The Italian ministry of health had given approval for vaccinating the Euro 2021 players and Olympians who will represent Italy in Tokyo. Italy will kick off the Euro Championships against Turkey in Rome on 11th June 2021.
After getting the first shot of the vaccine, Lazio and Italy forward Ciro Immobile thanked the hospital staff. While leaving the Spallanzani hospital in Rome, Ciro said,
I thank all the staff for their hospitality and their welcome. We are happy and proud to have done this, getting yourself vaccinated is important, and we hope this moment will come soon for everyone.
All football players face a tough schedule ahead. All the European leagues are scheduled to end between 20th – 23rd May. After 4-5 days of training camp, all teams will play warm-up matches before the Euro kicks off on 11th June.
The Italian players can get their first jab of vaccine either in an institute for infectious illnesses in Rome or at a university hospital in Milan.
The Italian Football Federation President Gabriele Gravina said in the official statement
Today 12 athletes were vaccinated in Rome, another 14 or 15 in Milan. The number of players indicated by Mancini will then be restricted when we send the official squad list to UEFA.
Italy is placed in Group A and will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Rome. Rome is also scheduled to host one quarter-final.
According to reports, after the Italian football team, the Olympians will follow and will get their first jab of vaccination. The Olympics are scheduled to kick off on 23rd July; less than a couple of weeks after Euro concludes.