Matt Nagy urging Bears to get vaccinated, says communication is better without masks

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Under NFL rules, fully vaccinated players and coaches can take off their masks at the team facility. And Bears coach Matt Nagy sees that as an advantage.

Nagy said he’s encouraging Bears players to get vaccinated in part because he thinks communication at practices and team meetings will be better once no one has masks on.

“It’s just different when you see people’s expressions [when] you talk to them out on the field, in meetings,” Nagy said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “At the same point in time, there are the safety measures. And if you’re not vaccinated, then you need to wear your mask. So for us, we would love for everybody to get their vaccinations. And we encourage that and educate them on it.”

Some teams have backed off from recommending that players get vaccinated, calling it a personal decision. But Nagy makes no secret that he’s encouraging vaccines.

“We all have our own opinions on what we want to do and not do,” Nagy said. “But if you understand the education of it, if we encourage it — which is what we’re doing — then we can all make our own decisions and decide to get it.”

13 responses to “Matt Nagy urging Bears to get vaccinated, says communication is better without masks

  1. Per HIPPA, you have no business in my medical info, period. This is going to be a free for all with the lawyers. I can see medical workers, etc. being mandated, but a football player? Nope. They will be fine even if symptomatic.

  2. Well, that and who wants to be wearing a mask on a practice field where it’s pushing 100 degrees with humidity.

  3. You keep saying the covid vaccines are safe. Here’s a headline from the CDC today:

    Heart inflammation cases in young men higher than expected after mRNA vaccines -U.S. CDC

    Maybe YOU should rethink the information you keep spouting.

  4. collectordude says:
    June 10, 2021 at 2:21 pm
    Masks worked last season.

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    Not exactly. I recall a game on a Wednesday

  5. Contrary to popular misbelief, HIPPAA does NOT prevent employers from asking about the vaccination status of its employees. HIPPAA only applies to certain “health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.” In fact, A HHS web site says that “many organizations that have health information about you do not have to follow these laws” and gives examples like life insurers, employers, workers compensation carriers, most schools and school districts, many state agencies like child protective service agencies, most law enforcement agencies, and many municipal offices. Therefore, someone outside of healthcare settings like your employer or your school can ask you or your doctor for proof of vaccination without worrying about violating HIPAA. So, let’s please stop yelling “HIPPAA” whenever someone asks about vaccination status.

  6. lawdog666 says:
    June 10, 2021 at 3:08 pm
    Contrary to popular misbelief, HIPPAA does NOT prevent employers from asking about the vaccination status of its employees. HIPPAA only applies to certain “health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.” In fact, A HHS web site says that “many organizations that have health information about you do not have to follow these laws” and gives examples like life insurers, employers, workers compensation carriers, most schools and school districts, many state agencies like child protective service agencies, most law enforcement agencies, and many municipal offices. Therefore, someone outside of healthcare settings like your employer or your school can ask you or your doctor for proof of vaccination without worrying about violating HIPAA. So, let’s please stop yelling “HIPPAA” whenever someone asks about vaccination status.
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    But,but…HIPAA!!!!!

  7. saturn22 says:
    June 10, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    You keep saying the covid vaccines are safe. Here’s a headline from the CDC today:

    Heart inflammation cases in young men higher than expected after mRNA vaccines -U.S. CDC

    Maybe YOU should rethink the information you keep spouting.

    ______

    This is not entirely correct. It was not the CDC that said this, it was an outside advisory panel. Nevertheless, it does appear that there may be a causal link between the second shot of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. However, the reported cases are extraordinarily rare and the benefits of preventing COVID far outweigh the risk of young men (14-30) from developing what has been reported as a mild case of myocarditis. Every minute of life is a balancing of risks vs. rewards, so there is always some risk associated with practically everything we do. Let’s not let a small risk of a minor complication from a vaccine keep us distracted from bigger, more dangerous complications from a still-mutating virus.

  8. First off, it’s HIPAA. Not sure I’d take random legal/health advice that spells the acronym wrong. Coaches can certainly recommend vaccines.

    Second, masks work, so do vaccines.

    Third, if there’s mRNA issues/fears, get the J&J, it doesn’t use mRNA.

    Finally, stay safe, football was great to watch last year, hoping this is the last year we have to worry about this!

  9. Sometimes the good of the many outweigh the rights of the few…. Vince Lombardi circa 1968

  10. Lawdog… You’re not totally correct either. Using your logic of risk vs. benefits, covid is a very small risk, especially the young and healthy. The “vaccines” are basically pointless.

  11. Thumbs up if you’re old enough to remember when the message was to say no to peer pressure to take experimental drugs.

  12. I generally side with the skeptics, but we’re in a catch 22 with this virus. Give it enough time to mutate, and it will become an even bigger problem.

    Besides, if the whackos are right, think of the bright side. We’re all going to have free roaming when our bodies turn into routers!

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