The vaccination of the Spanish team, approved by Health and scheduled for this Friday, was agreed after several hours of negotiations between the Ministry and the RFEF.
The reason for the delay is that the vaccine offered by the Government, Pfizer, is not to the liking of the RFEF medical services, who consider that given the little time remaining for the start of the Eurocup, the ideal would be to use Janssen as it is a single dose. However, it is not indicated for people under 40 years of age, so Health is reluctant.
While the Negotiations between the president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, and the Ministry of Health continued on Thursday afternoon, the vaccination device prepared by the Army in Gómez Ulla had already been ready for hours, waiting for it to finally continue its course this Friday, as reported to Sportyou/20minutos.es sources from the military hospital, who had not received an order to the contrary.
Contrary to what happened with the Olympic athletes, who went to the aforementioned center to obtain their vaccination, will be the Army troops those who travel to the Ciudad del Fútbol de las Rozas at 10 in the morning to inoculate the dose and thus preserve the bubble of the La Roja players.
The three possible scenarios that were handled were: the Pfizer option -with the reluctance of the RFEF due to the deadlines-, the Janssen option -something that from Health does not see with good eyes because this vaccine is not recommended for children under 40- or, directly, go to the European Championship without any vaccination. In the end, a mixture of the first two was made, depending on the situation of each member of the selection.
It was not an easy agreement, and this very Thursday morning there was nothing clear, as Luis Enrique himself confirmed at a press conference, especially for fear of possible side effects and the timing of the vaccine offered. The second dose, in case of continuing with Pfizer, would coincide with the possible quarterfinals, which did not convince the RFEF and its medical services.
For this reason they pressed Health to puncture with Janssen the members of the expedition (about 50) who had not had the disease or who had not already received a first dose, a case that was on the table.
For the purposes of army protocol it was the same, since the refrigerated trucks and the type of material used is the same: you only had to change some vials for others.