FILE - In this March 30, 2021 file photo, Belgium's Jeremy Doku celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during a World Cup 2022 group E qualifying soccer match between Belgium and Belarus at the King Power stadium in Leuven, Belgium. Jeremy Doku and Leandro Trossard were called up Monday, May 17, 2021 for the Belgium squad alongside the usual stalwarts for the European Championship. Belgium will play in Group B, opening against Russia on June 12. The top-ranked Belgians will then face Denmark and Finland. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's soccer players selected for the European Championship will get vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of the tournament, the government said Wednesday.

Belgium, the top-ranked FIFA team, is among the favorites for the tournament, which opens on June 11.

“This is very important regarding the role we want to play at the championship," the Belgian federation said. “We’re very grateful to all people who made this possible."

According to local media, Belgian players will receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires a single dose to be fully effective and is distributed in Europe by subsidiary Janssen.

Belgium will open its campaign against Russia on June 12. The team will then face Denmark and Finland in Group B.


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