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Bayern Munich won’t be requiring players to get the COVID vaccine

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Despite having numerous players miss significant time last season due to COVID, Bayern Munich won’t be requiring vaccination.

Coronavirus - Vaccination campaign “Glück Auf, Ärmel rauf!” Photo by Peter Endig/picture alliance via Getty Images

As the planet continues to deal with COVID-19, the vaccine is being distributed (slowly, in most cases) around the world. We’ve all known for quite some time, that the only way fans are getting back into stadiums is if the vaccination rates go up while the infection cases go down. Unfortunately, it sounds like Bayern Munich aren’t going to be requiring the club’s employees to get vaccinated.

“We leave it up to each player whether they want to be vaccinated,” Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn recently said at a press conference.

Last season, Bayern had seven players miss time after testing positive for the coronavirus.

  • Benjamin Pavard
  • Thomas Müller
  • Leon Goretzka
  • Javi Martinez
  • Joshua Zirkzee
  • Niklas Süle
  • Serge Gnabry

Former CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated earlier this year in discussions about the COVID vaccine that, “If, for example, a FC Bayern player gets vaccinated, trust in the population grows.”

While the number of players getting vaccinated will very likely be high, one or two non-vaccinated players contracting the virus could derail the entire season. This is an unfortunate decision, that hopefully won’t backfire on the club.