Canadian MLS clubs receive first round of COVID-19 vaccinations
All three Canadian MLS teams have received their first COVID-19 shots.
The Vancouver Whitecaps, who moved into the Real Salt Lake, Utah home due to pandemic border restrictions, were vaccinated on Tuesday.
“I feel good,” coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters on Wednesday. “My arm is just sore, like you lifted weights at the gym. But that’s it.”
Unlike Vancouver, Toronto FC and CF Montreal are based in Florida.
CBC Sports has not independently confirmed whether all players at each Canadian club have been vaccinated.
Relocating to the United States may have had its vaccine benefits.
All Florida residents aged 18 and over are now eligible for vaccination. In Utah, the vaccine is available for all ages 16 and older.
“We worked closely with the Utah Department of Health to coordinate the right timing as it was very important for us not to take vaccines out of those who needed them,” said Axel Schuster, CEO and athletic director of Whitecaps, in a statement. “We encourage everyone to get their vaccine when they can.”
TFC chief executive Ali Curtis said while the MLS team encouraged everyone to get vaccinated, it wasn’t mandatory. The club held a Zoom call for all players and staff with four doctors, including an infectious disease specialist, to answer questions about vaccines.