TARASOVKA /Moscow Region/, June 23. /TASS/. Rui Vitoria, the Portuguese head coach of Russian football club Spartak Moscow, strongly believes that all players in the club must receive anti-COVID-19 jabs.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, the club’s head coach said that he caught the coronavirus infection and recovered from it last November, but nevertheless he went to get the anti-COVID jab afterward.
"First of all, I want to say that I have contracted the novel coronavirus last November and then recovered from it," he said. "After that I got vaccinated and as of today, I have gone through 30 PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests. Blood tests were also collected. I now know about this coronavirus so much that I can give consultations on this issue as well."
Vitoria said he strongly recommended all players in the team to get the vaccination against the novel coronavirus, although this issue must be handled by the medical staff of the club.
"If speaking about the vaccination among the team’s players, I must stay that I am a staunch supporter of this initiative," he continued. "Our medical staff will be responsible for this procedure and we have very good doctors in our team."
"We will be trying to serve as an example for our boys and the rest of the club’s staff telling them that the issue of the vaccination is extremely important and the sooner we get vaccinated -the sooner we are done with the pandemic."
Spartak Moscow FC’s press office announced on May 24 that the club signed a contract with Portuguese coach Rui Vitoria, 51, for a two-year period.
Throughout its almost century-long history, Spartak Moscow FC has been a 12-time USSR champion and ten-time champion of Russia. The club is the winner of numerous other awards and trophies. Spartak Moscow FC finished 2nd in the 2020/2021 season of the Russian Premier League (RPL).
As of today, Russia is ranked 6th globally in terms of reported COVID-19 cases, which currently stand at over 5,368,510. A total of over 130,890 people have died of the novel coronavirus infection there, while more than 4,902,110 have recovered from the illness.