Exeter moving towards vaccination coverage for players and staff required by RFU, says rugby director Rob Baxter
- Exeter is advancing towards vaccination coverage required by the RFU
- Center Henry Slade publicly said he would not get a Covid jab last season
- Most clubs will have 85 percent of players and staff vaccinated by next month
Exeter Chiefs want their players to take Covid vaccines to pass the competition threshold and relax restrictions, though they acknowledge some will opt out.
Chiefs and England center Henry Slade publicly said last season that he would not get a Covid jab.
But most clubs are expected to have 85 percent of players and staff vaccinated by next month – a goal the Professional Game Board has set to enable parties to take off masks and distance themselves during training and matches.
Exeter Chiefs center Henry Slade publicly said he would not have a Covid jab last season
“We’re working on it,” Exeter boss Rob Baxter said.
“Our approach as a club is to make sure our players are vaccinated. We wholeheartedly encourage it and do everything we can to facilitate it.
“At the same time, we are also aware that the boys have an independent right to accept it or not, but that is our position. We are not going to force any player to have a vaccine, but we are encouraging all of them to have it.
“It’s very possible that the majority of clubs, if not all, will be at that vaccination level in the coming weeks, if not a few months.”
At league champion Harlequins, senior coach Tabai Matson revealed that his side will have reached the 85 per cent target through their trip to Newcastle on Sunday.
Quins expects Marcus Smith to return to Bristol on October 8 after going on the Lions tour, 10 days earlier than other tourists who need more rest after playing the Tests.