Tottenham forward Son Heung-min has spoken out about having the Covid-19 vaccine and says he is double-jabbed for the sake of his team-mates and the public.
While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged players to get protected from the virus, Son is one of the highest-profile Premier League players to endorse vaccination, while saying he respects the personal decision of anti-vaxers.
Son, 29, felt he wanted the jabs particularly as he has been travelling abroad for international breaks since the Covid-19 pandemic started last year.
“To be honest, I felt I needed it because I didn’t want to infect other players or other people if I had Covid,” Son, the South Korea international, said. “It doesn’t mean that if I get vaccinated I won’t get Covid, but the percentages would be a bit lower so I don’t want to infect other people. That is why I got it.
“The rules and the travelling – because I’m not only here, I travel over to the national team – that is why, in my opinion, it was the best option to have it. I have not regretted having it and was happy to have my second vaccination.
“It is a personal issue and I respect any decision other people make because it is personal.
“In Korea, they had a lot of people vaccinated but also some people didn’t want it. But we should listen to how they feel because if we don’t talk we don’t get any answers. So we should respect any personal issue and people’s choices over the decision.”
Spurs, who face Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, have had their campaign disrupted most by the recent omicron variant-outbreak of Covid, with their matches against Rennes, Brighton and Leicester postponed, adding to their fixture backlog after their game last month against Burnley was called off due to snow.
“We prefer games and the games have been positive, so it has been tough, tough moments,” Son said. “But we have this experience and the most important thing at the moment is not football.
“The players’ and people’s health is the most important and obviously we have to think positively, so we have time to prepare for games and the way the manager wants to prepare for the games we can understand a bit more because of the training sessions. As football players, we want to play football.
“We need to be really strong in our minds to get ready every three days, but it’s something we have done quite well.”