Black Caps set to be vaccinated for Covid-19
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.