Supporters could receive vaccinations at Celtic Park under new initiative
Celtic Park could be used as a vaccination centre, after SPFL clubs were given a go-ahead by the SFA and the Scottish Government.
According to the Daily Mail, Scottish football’s Joint Response Group have successfully lobbied for approval to use stadia, car parks and on-site facilities to ensure players, staff and fans can get their Covid-19 vaccinations.
The Joint Response Group are aiming to have least all SPFL players have had both vaccinations. However, that effort extends to supporters, too. Clubs are being encouraged to work with local health boards to help the whole country to get vaccinated.
There are particular concerns with Under 30s. Covid-19 diagnosis rates have risen steadily in Scotland, due to the Delta variant. According to the Telegraph:
“In Scotland, around one in 100 people are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week to July 3 – up from one in 150 in the previous week, and the highest level since the week to January 16.”
Everyone aged 18 and over will be offered the vaccine from the 31st of July [NHS Scotland]. With concerns about those aged under 30, the prospect of being vaccinated at their favourite club’s stadium could prove alluring.
According to the Office for National Statistics, “around 1 in 8 (13%) of those aged 16 to 29 years reported vaccine hesitancy”.
Club have already shown incredible support during pandemic, hosting vaccinations at Celtic Park could be next step
It seems likely that, if possible, Celtic would be keen to do this. The Celtic FC Foundation’s Football for Good Fund has already done incredible work during the pandemic.
Earlier this week, Celtic and Islamic Relief teamed up to help 500 families in Glasgow [STV].
Given that more vaccinations would theoretically make hosting crowds safer, there’s also an obvious incentive for Celtic: getting fans back in. The more supporters protected against the virus, the more likely it is that capacity crowds could return to Celtic Park.
Just like for our counterparts across Scottish football, there’s no real reason not to use stadia in this way. It turns the chore of getting vaccinated into a trip to a stadium you’ve been locked out of for months.
For Celtic, there are only advantages. Hopefully, we’ll see the club getting involved soon.
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