Premier League stars avoid COVID-19 vaccine

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Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)
Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)
N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
N'Golo Kante (Chelsea)
Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United)
Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United)
Dean Henderson (Manchester United)
Dean Henderson (Manchester United)
Kai Havertz (Chelsea)
Kai Havertz (Chelsea)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Scroll through the gallery to see some Premier Lea
Scroll through the gallery to see some Premier League stars who have tested positive for COVID-19

Premier League clubs are becoming increasingly concerned as they struggle to get some of their stars to accept the COVID-19 vaccine amid fears about conspiracy theories involving Bill Gates, infertility, and more. 

As England continues to administer thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations daily, getting the injection or having a negative test result in the previous 48 hours has become a prerequisite to attend a top-flight match in the country, but it appears that some of the footballers themselves are refusing to accept the vaccine.

In fact, according to Sportsmail, almost two-thirds of the Premier League's players are yet to be vaccinated, with many said to be refusing the opportunity to do so.  

Scroll through the gallery above to see some EPL stars who have tested positive for COVID-19

Only seven of the 20 top-flight clubs have fully vaccinated more than half of their squads, while at least three teams have yet to get even 10 individuals jabbed. 

This could be a huge stumbling block for the league with prime minister Boris Johnson believed to be considering the possibility of mandatory vaccine certification for all large venues, which could ultimately lead to a large number of players being banned from stadiums. 

It is further claimed that some club officials are unhappy about conspiracy theories involving Bill Gates, infertility and the power of vitamins, among others, that are "polluting" the minds of players.  

Read: The 10 biggest earners in the EPL

"It's very frustrating and hard to know what to do, as the conspiracy theories have really taken hold in some dressing rooms," an unnamed club doctor told Sportsmail.

"We've got senior players, intelligent men, coming out with all sorts of nonsense and they won't be budged.

"One of them told me he didn't need the vaccine because he could boost his immunity by taking vitamins. 

"Some of the stuff they're reading – and believing – on the internet is incredible.  

"Players are saying that it will make them infertile, that it's part of a plot involving Bill Gates, the pandemic is just propaganda.

"The real problem is that they're also polluting the minds of younger players." 

 Here are each Premier League club's biggest earner this season

Raphinha (Leeds United) - £63 500 a week
Raphinha (Leeds United) - £63 500 a week
Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur)
Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) - £200 000 a week
Theo Walcott (Southampton) - £75 000 a week
Theo Walcott (Southampton) - £75 000 a week
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) - £130 000 a week
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) - £130 000 a week
Joelinton (Newcastle United) - £86 538 a week
Joelinton (Newcastle United) - £86 538 a week
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) - £140 000 a week
Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) - £140 000 a week
Yerry Mina (Everton) - £120 000 a week
Yerry Mina (Everton) - £120 000 a week
Ben Gibson (Norwich City) - £40 000 a week
Ben Gibson (Norwich City) - £40 000 a week
Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) - £120 000 a w
Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United) - £120 000 a week
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - £400 000 a wee
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) - £400 000 a week
Pontus Jansson and David Raya (Brentford) - £25 00
Pontus Jansson and David Raya (Brentford) - £25 000 a week
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) - £220 000 a week
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) - £220 000 a week
Adam Lallana (Brighton & Hove Albion) - £90 385 a
Adam Lallana (Brighton & Hove Albion) - £90 385 a week
Danny Ings (Aston Villa) - £120 000 a week
Danny Ings (Aston Villa) - £120 000 a week
Moussa Sissoko (Watford) - £80 000 a week
Moussa Sissoko (Watford) - £80 000 a week
Ben Mee (Burnley) - £55 000 a week
Ben Mee (Burnley) - £55 000 a week
Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - £100 000
Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - £100 000 a week
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) - £250 000 a w
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) - £250 000 a week
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - £510 000 a
Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) - £510 000 a week
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) - £325 000 a week
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea) - £325 000 a week