Montez Sweat does not want to be part of the COVID-19 vaccine yet.
The NFL has made efforts to get players vaccinated against COVID-19 and urged players to get vaccinated. The Washington football team has also taken steps to educate its players about the coronavirus vaccine, hosting vaccine experts to explain the benefits outside of purely footballing reasons.
Washington’s D lineman Montez Sweat, however, doesn’t buy it. The third-year player says he hasn’t received the vaccine and has no plans to do so – until he actually contracts the virus.
Rivera said he called in vaccine experts. Montez Sweat says he won’t get the vaccine “until I get more facts.” I’m not a fan of it. I haven’t caught Covid yet, so I can’t see myself dealing with Covid until I actually have Covid. Everyone has the right to their own decision. “
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“I’m not a fan of it,” Sweat said. “I probably won’t get the vaccine until we have more facts and stuff like that, but I’m not a fan of it at all. I haven’t caught COVID yet, so I can’t see myself. deal with COVID until I actually get COVID.…
“Obviously they (Washington) want everyone to be vaccinated so that they can move more freely in and around the facility while we travel and stuff like that. But everyone has their own beliefs and they have the right. at its own decision. “
Vaccinations are used as a preventative measure to protect people from disease and viruses, so Sweat’s claim that he wants to wait to treat COVID until he actually receives COVID seems like a dangerous and contradictory position. What’s also confusing is that Sweat wants to get more “facts” about the situation, despite experts being brought into the building to extol the virtues of shooting.
New cases of the coronavirus in the United States have fallen since January, when the vaccine began to be presented to the public. Some vaccines have been shown to be 95 percent effective in preventing serious illness and hospitalizations. Side effects of the vaccine range from pain in the arm to fever, which can last for a day or two.
A tiny percentage of people vaccinated have had life-threatening side effects.
Washington actually did a very good job navigating the pandemic in 2020, as the team was one of the few teams that was not directly affected by the virus, having only one positive test.
But hey, his body, his choice. Even if his choice may cost him his health or that of his team in the long term.