Pirates of Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said a coronavirus vaccination specialist came and didn’t have to talk to the players, he told reporters on Thursday “I’m an expert”.
Arians was recently asked if the Washington football team had hired an immunologist, talked to the players about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and if the Bucs planned to do something similar.
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“No, I’m an expert,” Arians said with a laugh. “If you want to get back to normal, get vaccinated. Eight to five percent of that is what we need … It’s still a personal choice, but I don’t see a reason not to get vaccinated.”
Last month, the NFL repealed a masked mandate for fully vaccinated players and staff. Commissioner Roger Goodell said late last month that 30 of the league’s 32 teams had a vaccination rate of more than 90% for Level 1 and Level 2 staff.
Montez Sweat, who is running on a run from Washington, has opposed his team’s efforts to persuade players to vaccinate.
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“I’m not a fan of that,” Ter said. “Maybe I won’t be vaccinated until I get more facts and things like that. I’m not a fan of this thing.”
“I haven’t been infected with KOVID yet, so I don’t see myself being treated with KOVID until I get KOVID,” he added.
Recently, other players have expressed hesitation about getting the vaccine. Carolina Panthers midfielder Sam Darnold He told reporters on Wednesday that he was among the unvaccinated players and had not yet decided if he needed to.
“I still have to think about some of the things that go into it,” Darnold said Charlotte observer. “Still, whether you want to get vaccinated or not is up to everyone. So I’ve really achieved that. I don’t want to dwell on the details.”