Tokyo 2020 – Team GB on course to complete stringent vaccination programme before heading out to Japan
While there are still concerns over the Covid-19 ahead of the Olympic games, Team GB are close to completing their stringent vaccination programme ahead of Tokyo 2020. Only 14 per cent of athletes and staff are yet to have their first jab, with eight weeks to go before the games begin and the Pfeizer vaccination only requires a three-weak break between first and second injections.
Team GB are following strict vaccination programmes ahead of Tokyo
The Pfizer vaccine will require a three-weak break before the follow-up dose and BOA Chair Sir Hugh Robertson’s letter explained how Great Britain will "do everything we can to get the entire team fully vaccinated before we depart for Japan".
The letter also confirmed that all Team GB delegates will receive added testing before leaving for the Games.
"It’s our priority to protect not only the health of our athletes and wider delegation, but our hosts in Tokyo," added Chief Executive of the BOA, Andy Anson.
"Our relationships in Japan are incredibly important to us and we would not do anything to jeopardise them, to the extent that we are going over-and-above the Playbook requirements with our testing and isolation protocols.
Everyone will undergo a PCR test 14 days prior to travel and regular lateral flow tests thereafter, as we also shield ourselves for the final build-up to the Games. That will mean avoiding close contacts, or going to crowded or indoor spaces.
"We’ll then take two PCR tests within 96 hours of travel, before a final test on the day of departure.
"We’re doing all we can, and more than we need to, to ensure our delegation is Covid free upon arrival in Japan."