Jose Mourinho shares his opinion on whether players should jump COVID queue

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has shared his opinion on whether Premier League footballers should be given a COVID vaccine ahead of those who are currently ahead of them in the queue for the jab.

The Government created a priority list of the order in which the population should receive the vaccine starting with Priority Group 1 which covers residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche claimed earlier this month that footballers should be ‘fast-tracked’ for vaccines with the money saved on testing to help keep the sport competitive could be instead used by the NHS, but did stress he was not suggesting footballers should take priority over “the essential people who need vaccinations” such as key workers, the elderly and the vulnerable (Evening Standard).

Mourinho admitted that he was not comfortable with the idea of footballers being given the priority over those on the front-line fighting the virus or those who are at risk.

He told Football.London: “I wouldn’t, maybe it’s controversial. Maybe people disagree with me but I wouldn’t,”

“There is people in much bigger risk than we, and in particular young football players are.

“I feel that the people that are on the front line every day, health workers and older people, of course they should be in front, but that’s just my feeling.”

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