Patrick Peterson explains why all NFL players should get vaccinated

USA Today

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has told his players that they’re going to have a harder time this year if they’re unvaccinated. Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson hopes all his teammates got the message.

Peterson said on his podcast that unvaccinated players are putting themselves at risk of having to miss games, either because they get COVID-19 or because they have close contacts with people who do, and that if you’re taking that risk, you’re not doing everything you can to help your team win.

“Why not put yourself in the best position possible to win a championship?” Peterson said.

Peterson noted that unvaccinated players will have to go through all the COVID-19 safety protocols that players went through last year, while fully vaccinated players will have far more freedom.

“If you’re not vaccinated you’re just living in a different world,” Peterson said. “Why put yourself at risk of going through that again?”

Peterson said he had no side effects from the vaccine.

“I am vaccinated,” Peterson said. “I was perfectly fine.”

That’s true of most people who get vaccinated. The vaccine has proven safe and effective, and players who aren’t getting vaccinated are letting unfounded fears prevent them from doing what’s best for themselves and their teams.

49 responses to “Patrick Peterson explains why all NFL players should get vaccinated

  1. Again, I vaccinated because it would make my life easier. But to proclaim it safe when we have no long term data is presumptuous and a bit ridiculous. It was rushed through as an emergency measure. We’ll know better of it was truly safe in maybe a decade…

  2. The next 10-15 years lawsuits are going to come out because there will be alleged or causual side-effects from the vaccine- and a lot of them will be “I could not work” or “was pressured into taking it” type. It will be a lawyers paradise. IMHO still better to get vaccinated though…

  3. Vaccination is not needed if someone has the antibodies for COVID, either from exposure or infection. Just do the blood test. It’s easy and then you find who is really immune.

  4. A cause of death that did not exist in America in 2019 (covid 19) became our 4th leading cause of death in 2020. The death toll is now over 600,000 of our fellow citizens. Hellooo! Get vaccinated… if not for yourself, do it so you don’t become a carrier/spreader who infects others. Thank you.

  5. “But to proclaim it safe when we have no long term data is presumptuous and a bit ridiculous”

    All you have to go on is the data available. I took my chances with the shot rather then the respirator. I have had no issues.

  6. Peterson is on point. What’s the consequence of not getting the vaccine to the team? To those players who are concerned about the long term effects of the vaccine, are you equally concerned about the long term impact of the pain killers and other drugs or treatments you get to be able to play or prolong your career?

  7. finfanjim says:
    June 25, 2021 at 10:02 am
    But to proclaim it safe when we have no long term data is presumptuous and a bit ridiculous. It was rushed through as an emergency measure. We’ll know better of it was truly safe in maybe a decade…
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    This is simply not true. mRNA vaccines have been researched, developed, and extensively tested for over 20 years. These particular vaccines were not “rushed through”. They were tested on study groups of thousands of people over several months prior to the emergency authorization being granted. Would have preferred that millions of people continued to die every year from covid19 while waiting for test results to confirm what the scientific experts already knew ?

  8. This is simply not true. mRNA vaccines have been researched, developed, and extensively tested for over 20 years. These particular vaccines were not “rushed through”. They were tested on study groups of thousands of people over several months prior to the emergency authorization being granted. Would have preferred that millions of people continued to die every year from covid19 while waiting for test results to confirm what the scientific experts already knew ?
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    It’s not necessarily the mRNA. Show me a successful coronavirus vaccine? Also the vaccine is not fully approcved? If we’re going to look at data, then the data shows that many age groups are not particularly vulnerable to covid and for those groups (not the vulnerable) why incur extra risk when you don’t need to?

  9. “The next 10-15 years lawsuits are going to come out because there will be alleged or causual side-effects from the vaccine”

    There has never been a long term effect to a vaccine that did not happen within 2 months of the vaccination. 500 million people worldwide have been vaccinated and we have had very limited amounts of possible side effects.

    The naysayers are confusing the long term effects day in day out usage of pharmaceuticals for year after year after year with a one or two shot vaccine. The difference is completely obvious to everyone that isn’t paranoid.

  10. This pandemic and anti-vaccination movement shows just how idiotic we are as a species.

  11. Peterson hit the nail on the head — its about the team and giving the team the best chance to win. This personal choice crap works if you’re a shmoe working from home or alone in an office but not if you are a member of an NFL team trying to win. Choice or not — think of this statistic — in May of the 18,000 covid deaths, only 150 were those that had been vaccinated.

  12. j CHERNY says:
    June 25, 2021 at 11:31 am
    It is a personal choice and should remain a personal choice.
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    It is a personal choice. Players that choose to receive the vaccination have less restrictions and hoops to jump through. Also, they have less risk of contracting, carrying, or spreading the disease. Players that choose not to receive the vaccination, will test daily, be subjected to other restrictions, and could in theory lose money if they acquire the virus be ignoring those restrictions.

    It is a personal choice, one that should be fairly obvious.

  13. my have times changed..around this time last year 75% of the comments were it’s just a cold

  14. When I was a child, I did not have a choice on the vaccinations I received. But thankfully I received them and because of that I have never contracted: diptheria, tetnaus, whooping cough, hepatitis, HPV, measles, mumps, rubella or polio. As an adult, I made the decision to get the COVID vaccine because I didn’t want to get COVID. I wonder how many of the 600,000 that have died from COVID over the past year would have jumped at the chance to be vaccinated if it would have been available.

  15. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    June 25, 2021 at 11:56 am
    When you don’t understand science conspiracies make sense.
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    Science inherently continues to prove past science wrong.

  16. But Cole Beasley would “rather die living” and not get the vaccine…whatever that means.

  17. webofbelief says:
    June 25, 2021 at 10:52 am
    This is simply not true. mRNA vaccines have been researched, developed, and extensively tested for over 20 years. These particular vaccines were not “rushed through”. They were tested on study groups of thousands of people over several months prior to the emergency authorization being granted. Would have preferred that millions of people continued to die every year from covid19 while waiting for test results to confirm what the scientific experts already knew ?
    —-

    It’s not necessarily the mRNA. Show me a successful coronavirus vaccine? Also the vaccine is not fully approcved? If we’re going to look at data, then the data shows that many age groups are not particularly vulnerable to covid and for those groups (not the vulnerable) why incur extra risk when you don’t need to.
    _________

    mRNA vaccines were developed specifically to deal with viruses of this type. These are successful vaccines. There are practically no cases of covid19 among those who have been vaccinated.

    Every age group is vulnerable to covid19. The mortality rate may be lower for some, but those groups are still susceptible to the long term effects of the virus.

    There is no “extra risk” in being vaccinated. In fact, there is absolutely no risk whatsoever. To the contrary, there is a huge risk of contracting the virus if you are not vaccinated. Please listen to accepted medical science, rather than some wing nut on talk radio.

  18. Millions dead from covid and people still putting themselves first. It’s said how many people are uneducated and spread lies about side effects and spread fear about them. What’s even more sad is these same people said people were just spreading fear with how bad covid was and now they’re the ones spreading lies and fear about the vaccines.

  19. If there was NO chance of spreading the virus to other people, not getting the vaccine would be a personal choice for which the unvaccinated accept a personal risk. But the fact is, if you are not vaccinated, you pose a potential danger to others whether they have been vaccinated or not. The 3 main vaccines range between 75% and 90% effective in preventing infection but are virtually 100% effective in preventing death from the virus. Everyone who is eligible should get the vaccine, there is no legitimate excuse not to. If everyone is vaccinated we reach “herd immunity” and the virus is nearly completely contained.

  20. Notice how the pro-vax crowd demands those who don’t want the jab get it, while those who don’t want to get it claim it’s a personal choice? No one who is against getting the covid vaccine is trying to force anyone not to get it. They just want to make their own choice. Now, tell me who’s right in this.

  21. For those commenting on “we don’t know the long term affects of the vaccine “…tell me, if you or someone close to you had a rare disease and there was an experimental drug to cure the disease, would you take it or have the person to close to you take it ? …if yes, then what’s the difference with the vaccine ?

  22. “But it’s not approved!”
    —-
    The FDA has very stringent rules on drug approvals. They gave emergency use authorizations based upon squeaky clean safety and efficacy data after 3 months of phase 3 clinical trial data.

    We are now coming up on 10 months and it still looks great. But full approval is usually after 12 months. That was true for fast-track cancer drugs, for HIV drugs during the AIDS crisis, and is true for COVID vaccines.

    It will be approved when the body of data meets the rigid standand. That doesn’t mean it is unsafe, but that the calandar cannot be rushed. Rules are rules.

  23. Players who refuse to get vaccinated are not only making things more complicated for themselves, they’re making the statement that they only care about themselves. They’re not team players because they’re perfectly willing to endanger themselves, teammates and others around them. I wouldn’t want to work with or depend on anyone who isn’t a team player.

  24. suncawy says:
    June 25, 2021 at 12:36 pm
    For those commenting on “we don’t know the long term affects of the vaccine “…tell me, if you or someone close to you had a rare disease and there was an experimental drug to cure the disease, would you take it or have the person to close to you take it ? …if yes, then what’s the difference with the vaccine ?
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    Good point. If I were morbidly obese, I would get the shot.

    A high percentage of Americans are very overweight, and they should get any and all flu vaccines along with the Covid vaccine. Until they are healthy, they are safer/better off using the ‘easy button’ to avoid serious risk.

    If my ability to make a living at my job were potentially affected (like an NFL player), I would certainly get the shot.

    They kind of have their back against the wall, as players. They are much better off getting the shot.

  25. minime says:
    June 25, 2021 at 10:06 am
    Players choice.
    Always has been.
    Always will.

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    Have you read the CBA? NFL can do what it wants. And players are around loads of other people. Its not a huge ask to have them vaccinated unless there’s a medical issue.

  26. *Cue gif of Michael Jackson eating popcorn and grinning ear to ear reading the comments*

  27. It may be players “Choice”
    But that does not mean there won’t be consequences for that choice.

  28. If i were an owner i’d say stay home till your vaccinated we don’t need covid infested zombies on my team your all selfish babies .

  29. At this point, nearly all hospitalizations and deaths are of people who have not been vaccinated.

    The vaccine doesn’t magnetize your blood.

    The vaccine doesn’t include a tracking device.

    The vaccine is overwhelmingly proven safe, not to mention effective.

    At this point, if you contract COVID and are over 12, it’s your fault. Period.

  30. He has a point! Teams with high vaccination rates will have a competitive advantage. Willing to spend hours doing squats and deadlifts but not willing to get a little jab?

  31. I’ve got thousands of dollars of medical bills and lost wages after getting vestibular neuritis from the Covid vaccine. NOT WORTH IT since I’m young and healthy (like most NFL players).

  32. It’s awful that society is pressuring young, healthy people with nearly zero chance of dying from a virus to inject themselves with a rushed vaccine. It’s awful that the commenter who simply said “It’s a personal choice” received more downvotes than upvotes. Individual freedom used to be a uniquely American concept, and now it is apparently lost.

  33. Science and facts trump opinions without exception. Opinions and conspiracy theories prevail when education is lacking. It’s not a coincidence that blue states have both higher concentrations of vaccinated people and college graduates. It’s that simple.

  34. It is important to be very precise in the language that we use when discussing this. Millions of people died from COVID-19, but the vast majority of those who died were elderly or people with comorbidities. All of the people in those groups have been vaccinated. Since they are the most vulnerable, it only makes sense that risk getting a vaccine That is only been approved for emergency use. For the young and the healthy, COVID-19 is as dangerous as the seasonal flu. No one would advise people to take a vaccine for the seasonal flu which is only been approved for emergency use. So when people use the amount of people who have died in a debate of wnether Young and healthy people should get the vaccine they are misleading the debate and confusing the issue. For NFL players, COVID-19 is not anymore dangerous than the seasonal flu.

  35. Per the CDC 95% of the COVID-19 deaths had 4 or more co-morbidities. Per the government data base VAERS over 6,000 people have died from the vaccines. New data today from the CDC states that 4,100 people have died or been hospitalized from breakthrough COVID-19 infections even though they have been fully vaccinated.

  36. Aren’t y’all sooo thankful for Trump for getting you that vaccine so quickly!! I’m sure you’ll be voting for him for all the lives he’s saved including yours!!

  37. rruckus21 says:
    June 25, 2021 at 5:48 pm
    Per the CDC 95% of the COVID-19 deaths had 4 or more co-morbidities. Per the government data base VAERS over 6,000 people have died from the vaccines. New data today from the CDC states that 4,100 people have died or been hospitalized from breakthrough COVID-19 infections even though they have been fully vaccinated.

    ———————————————–

    VAERS is entirely self-reported and unverified. Anyone can make any claim they want, which makes it useless as an indicator.

  38. Steroids and hgh are far more dangerous. Some of these clowns wouldn’t think twice about doing either one of those things.

  39. When did putting the lives of others in danger become “freedom?” Just because you may not die from COVID you could still spread it to those that cannot be vaccinated. In addition, with every new infection the chance of a more deadly mutation increases. It’s only a matter of time if we don’t reach herd immunity soon that there will be a mutation that are current vaccines are not very effective against. Or a mutations that is more deadly to children than the current variations are. So, take your damn tinfoil hat off and take your entitled ass to a pharmacy to get vaccinated. Be a good human. You’re one of 7.8 billion other people in the world, not the center of it.

  40. Definitely some wordsmithing going with regard to the numbers in the earlier posts.

    Between December 2020 and June 7th, 2021, VAERS received 5,208 reports of death (0.0017% <– tiny tiny number) among people who got a vaccine. Doctors and safety monitors carefully review the details of each case to see if it might be linked to the vaccine. Note that these reports do NOT indicate that the cause of death was the vaccine and each case was investigated – wondering in drowning and car crashes were involved as well… hmmm

    There are THREE deaths that appear to be linked to blood clots that occurred after people got the J&J vaccine. Specifically the J&J vaccine.

    Since we now know how to correctly treat people who develop these blood clots, future deaths related to this very RARE side effect can be prevented. By way of comparison, getting COVID-19 while un-vaccinated poses a grave risk; as of June 14, 2021 more than 599,000 deaths have been attributed to the virus in the US alone.

    With regard to the comorbidity comment, uh… someone better re-read the data directly from the CDC – the numbers stated here are taken out of context with the actual study performed – google it.

    Lastly, Peterson is correct, a team that is all in plays together as a team. Not unlike smoking, there is that group that does and those that don't – and the group individuals tend to bond with one another, regardless of the group they are in. Go figure, football is a team sport!

  41. wryly says:
    June 25, 2021 at 10:15 am
    A cause of death that did not exist in America in 2019 (covid 19) became our 4th leading cause of death in 2020. The death toll is now over 600,000 of our fellow citizens. Hellooo! Get vaccinated… if not for yourself, do it so you don’t become a carrier/spreader who infects others. Thank you.

    _______________________________________

    A friend of mine tested positive and was asymptomatic. He went for a ride on his motorcycle and was killed by a drunk driver. But the doctor said he died with covid… so the numbers are a little skewed. Not to mention all the deaths that happened in 2019 and were not attributed because there was no test at the time. Moral of the story is do what’s best for you and the ones you love.

  42. Doesn’t anyone here remember a few seasons ago Pat Peterson was suspended 4 games for taking PED’s and 2 more for trying to lie about it? Then he was mad at the Cardinals organization for not reorganizing his contract so he’d be paid despite what he did? Then went to Twitter to suggest he wanted to be traded!

    Yeah, he’s all about the team all right.

  43. Just Ask NC State’s baseball team how important having everyone vaccinated is as well as your family and friends

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