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Bayern Munich’s Hasan Salihamidzic addresses Joshua Kimmich’s vaccination status

Bayern Munich reccommends that its plyers get vaccinated, but cannot force them to.

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Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic knew the questions regarding Joshua Kimmich would be coming and addressed the media — even without committing to how the club would proceed.

“I won’t say anything about it, Jo will comment on it himself later. But people know our opinion and recommendation to get vaccinated. In Germany, however, there is no vaccination obligation. Everyone can decide it for themselves,” Salihamidzic said (as captured by Tz). “We recommend that people get vaccinated. To give everyone else a more normal life. But that’s a private thing.”

When asked if Bayern Munich could follow the lead of sports teams in the United States by applying pressure to athletes to get vaccinated, Salihamidzic said that was not possible in Germany.

As for how the club is monitoring the situation with its players, Salihamidizic trusts the club’s medical staff.

“That’s in the hands of our team doctor, Dr. Roland Schmidt. The contact with the health department is very good,” he said.