“About thirty players” from Racing 92 received a first injection of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine with doses remaining at the end of the day in a vaccinodrome, club president Jacky Lorenzetti told AFP on Wednesday, confirming a information from the newspaper L’Équipe.
“In all the vaccination centers, it happens that in the evening, there are doses available and if we do not use them, they are out of date. So we asked the prefect (of Hauts-de-Seine) who gave us his agreement so that in the evening, only when doses are in the process of being expired, we can give priority to our players, “explained Jacky Lorenzetti, President of Racing 92.
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“We are at about thirty players (having received a dose) approximately. We will stop the vaccination tonight because we have a match this weekend (Saturday against Clermont), as a precaution against possible side effects “, added the boss of the Ile-de-France club. The players received a first dose of Pfizer’s vaccine, he said.
The vaccination center of the Paris La Défense Arena, where the players received the doses, is an enclosure in Nanterre where the Racingmen play their home matches. It opened on Monday. While high-level athletes are not a priority, the Stade Rochelais has also taken steps to vaccinate its workforce.
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“In consultation with the town hall and the managers of local vaccination centers, who were in agreement, we first made an approach to obtain an exemption and vaccinate the whole team”, explained Pierre Venayre, general manager of the club. in the newspaper L’Équipe.
“We were refused but the regional health agency (ARS) clarified that nothing prohibited us from using excess doses not used, for players and coaches who wished, on prescription,” a- he added. In recent weeks, the Top 14 has been disturbed again by several postponements of matches following contamination in several clubs.