Manawatu Standard

Black Caps set to be vaccinated for Covid-19

- Luke Malpass

Black Caps cricketers and support staff are set to start being vaccinated against Covid-19 in Wellington today, the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Cricket have confirmed to Stuff.

The Black Caps were widely expected to be approved for an early vaccine through the Government’s ‘‘reasons of national significan­ce’’ criteria.

A number of Tokyo Olympians have already been vaccinated through this pathway, with the Olympic just threemonth­s off.

The Black Caps are due to travel to England, where they will play two tests against the home side and a oneoff World Test Championsh­ip final against India in Southampto­n, from June 18-23.

It is currently unconfirme­d when the Black Caps applied for, and were formally approved for early vaccinatio­n.

When the category was announced on March 24, Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins said national significan­ce was expected to cover national teams playing in overseas in televised sporting events.

Several Black Caps – captain Kane Williamson among them – are already in India, taking part in the Indian Premier League.

Stuff understand­s most of those players are yet to be vaccinated.

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