The Malta national team and Under 21 players together with the technical staff from both teams on Wednesday received the COVID-19 vaccine, prior to their forthcoming international commitments.
Malta FA president Bjorn Vassallo and Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne visited the players as they gathered to take the vaccine.
The initiative was held with the intention to promote vaccination, particularly amongst young people.
The Deputy Prime Minister thanked the players for their availability and wished them well in view of the upcoming matches.
“You are role models for the many fans that follow you in every match you play. In this case, you are leading by example in our battle against the pandemic,” Dr Fearne said.
Malta FA president Bjorn Vassallo spoke about the importance of the process of vaccination not only for football.
“We have suffered like all other sectors and we look forward to returning to some form of normality that will hopefully allow us to keep playing and enjoy football while remaining cautious and vigilant.”
The national team will fly out next week to play three friendly matches in Austria against Northern Ireland, Kosovo, and Kazakhstan.
The Malta U21 Team under the guidance of new coach Gilbert Agius will meet Qatar U23 twice prior to the latter’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics, as well as Bosnia Herzegovina.