Mike Zimmer: Unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time this season

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NFL teams can’t force players to get vaccinated, but Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is making clear to his players that they’ll have an easier time this season if they get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Zimmer listed the reasons players should get the vaccine after the Vikings met today with Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer.

“He talked to them a lot about the vaccine, how safe it is, how it became tested,” Zimmer said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “He talked to them about what the protocols will be next fall, which we should hear in the next couple of days. He talked to them about why they should. . . . We’re just trying to educate these guys. They have to make their own decisions.”

Aside from the obvious health reasons that everyone should get the COVID-19 vaccine, Zimmer detailed the reasons NFL players in particular should get their shots.

“The unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time in the season,” Zimmer said. “They’re going to be wearing masks, they’ll have to social distance. They’ll have daily testings. They won’t be able to go home for bye week. They’ll have to come back here and test every day. When we go on the road, they won’t be able to go out to dinner with anybody. They’ll have to travel on buses differently, travel on planes differently. A lot of the meetings will be virtual like this, so there’s not only the safety part of being vaccinated, but as far as being part of a football team, it’s just going to be so much easier.”

Zimmer said he’s finding it easier to communicate with his fellow coaches this year now that they’re fully vaccinated and not wearing masks and distancing the way they did last year. He’s hoping his players will do their jobs and make this season easier for the entire team.

29 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time this season

  1. How would this upcoming year be any harder than it was last year for ANY player?

  2. At the end of the day it’s up to each individual, but Zimmer is right, it’snot worth the hassle by not getting it. I got vaccinated almost 2 months ago, other than being drained of energy for about 24 hours I’ve felt 100% normal.

  3. So you’re trying to “educate” these guys in the pros of the vaccine but what about the negatives? They have to do their own research? It’s freighting how much teams are pushing this vaccine

  4. Did it last season.
    What’s wrong with doing it again this season?
    They’re all compensated well.

  5. so if they are not sick at all – not showing symptom’s – they cannot even travel with the team?

    That is strange

  6. Hopefully the NFLPA will not take offense at a coach simply speaking the truth. As long as it is clearly stated that ultimately the choice is theirs, all of the details and special restrictions need to be understood.

  7. Listen to the scientists from WHO. Get vaccinated. It’s the smart thing to do.

  8. how can a team say that unvaxxed players must wear a mask if the state says masks are not required?

  9. Kirk Cousins, Harry the Hitman, and Thielen have all NOT gotten vaccinated. I doubt any of those 3 will be having a hard time this year. 3 of the top starters.

  10. They can use all that extra time away from home to do the ‘more research’ they keep saying they need to do.

  11. It’s not safe enough. The risks from the vaccine are worse than the risks from the virus. Zimmer, NFL don’t care for the players.

  12. I’m sure Zimmer would inject anything into his body if it gave him an advantage lol. I do think its strange that unvaccinated players can’t travel with the team even if they are testing negative daily and masking up, that’s ridiculous.

  13. purplengold says:
    June 16, 2021 at 2:58 pm
    Listen to the scientists from WHO. Get vaccinated. It’s the smart thing to do.

    **************************

    They were wrong at every stage of this. Why would you make a decision based on anything the WHO says?

  14. For the marginal players not being vaccinated could cost them their job if a player that did get the shot is competing for the same job.

  15. They’re not wrong lanman11, there are 600,000 dead in this country from covid. The more people that get infected, the more chance that it will mutate into something worse. They are seeing this now in India and Africa. Get vaccinated.

  16. Hard to understand how the concepts of “team” world pandemic and millions of people dead doesn’t compel someone who puts his body through the equivalent of a car wreak thousands of times a year to simply get a couple of shots!

  17. I got vaccinated as soon as I could, so I am no anti-vaxxer. Pro athletes like Cousins, Thielen, and Smith pay people to advise them on how to train, how to eat and so on. They give strong consideration to every single thing they do to or put into their bodies. I would guess that in many cases, these trainers and advisers are telling them NOT to get the vaccine. I think society can be quick to assume athletes are making such a decision for political or religious reasons. I don’t think that’s the case here.

  18. The easy answer, like it is for all of you anti-vaxxers, is to get your free vaccine. Do it for the team. Whether it’s the NFL or society at large.

  19. mookie34 says:
    June 16, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    In Zim we trust!
    ______

    Every time I read this, it makes me laugh.
    Thanks.

  20. yeti says:
    June 16, 2021 at 2:05 pm
    So you’re trying to “educate” these guys in the pros of the vaccine but what about the negatives? They have to do their own research? It’s freighting how much teams are pushing this vaccine
    ———————————————————————————
    What’s FRIGHTENING is how many idiots out there are refusing the get vaccinated and yet not ONE person can give ANY reason why they think it’s unsafe. I personally know people who argue against getting it and say they know for sure there’s something unsafe in it, but when I ask what’s unsafe in it, they can’t give me any answer. And they tell ME to do the research! YOU do the research you claim needs to be done! I’m vaccinated, and I’m healthy. And I’m not putting the lives of children or other unvaccinated people around me at risk!

  21. Maybe they already had COVID? If you’re vaccinated, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting Covid, right? Isn’t that the whole point of getting vaccinated?

  22. People have always let the commonsense crowd reach heard immunity. They only change their tune when they actually get it or someone close to them has severe reactions including death.

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