Although the Indian Cricket Board has not yet clarified whether cricketers traveling to England for six tests will be vaccinated for Covid-19, some other cricket boards such as Cricket West Indies (CWI) have already vaccinated their players.
The CWI confirmed on Wednesday that 13 members of the West Indies test team – players and support staff – had been vaccinated against Covid-19. Players from the West Indies and support staff are currently in a bio-balloon in St. Lucia, training for the upcoming series of tests against South Africa, which is scheduled for next month.
The CWI said it had provided Covid-19 vaccines to “all concerned team members” with the help of the Department of Health and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).
“Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health measures in the management of infectious diseases,” Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, St. Lucia’s chief medical officer, was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.com.
“Cricket is an important sport in the region and ensuring that it can be facilitated safely is important to us in Saint Lucia. We welcome the teams here and look forward to successful and safe activities in the coming weeks,” he added.
Eleven players received their first dose, while two received their second dose of vaccination.
Last week, the West Indies women’s team received its first dose of the vaccine.
The West Indies is hosting Proteas for two tests and five T20 Internationals next month.
The Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI) has so far allowed individual players to take vaccination photos.