Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes embraces the COVID vaccine

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Yep, the Bills have a schism.

At a time when receiver Cole Beasley has made his opposition to the COVID vaccine clear and only hours after guard Jon Feliciano chimed in as anti-vaccine, defensive end Jerry Hughes set them both straight on Twitter.

“Sooo the top scientists in the entire world got together to figure out how to combat Covid-19,” Hughes said. “And when they came up with a vaccine, you question them. They are trying to save lives and you have doubt.”

Thank you, Jerry Hughes. Frankly, more players need to come out and say the same thing. The bigger the star, the better.

I’m not going to name names; we know who the stars are. Every one of them should make a public pro-vaccine push, if they believe in the vaccine. And if they don’t, they should listen to Jerry Hughes.

10 responses to “Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes embraces the COVID vaccine

  1. It’s good to see someone who has common sense. It amazes me that people so easily embrace Facebook misinformation while dismissing the top scientists and doctors in the world.

  2. Jerry Hughes lays down the law, on and off the field. That’s what veteran team leadership looks like.

  3. Do people not understand this Pandemic will NEVER end until at least 75% of people are vaccinated at minimum? Getting Covid does provide you with natural antibodies against the virus. They do not last unfortunately. I wish they did, but they don’t.

    6+ months after being infected you are back to square one and have an ineffective amount antibodies in your system if you have any at all.

    This isn’t like Chicken Pox where you get it once and then you’re good for life. We all wish that it was. Unfortunately it is not like Chicken Pox.

    You can and will get sick again and again until enough people are vaccinated to stop the spread of infection. This situation will continue for years.

    In addition every single time someone is infected the virus mutates. Most of them are benign and nothing happens. Very rarely the virus mutates in a way that makes it more dangerous to everybody on the planet. The Delta Variant is just the latest example.

    I don’t want to see a “Gamma” variant. Please get vaccinated so we can stop living in this world of fear and death.

    You were vaccinated for Measles and Mumps. You were vaccinated for Polio so you don’t end up paralyzed like FDR. The Polio vaccine was the fastest ever made and it took 4 years.

    The fact that a vaccine was created for Covid SO quickly and in a way that no vaccine has EVER been created before is nothing short of amazing. People were working on the science behind this for over 20 years. Trying to create a vaccine that changes the way the body responds to an intruder.

    It was that work that allowed the world’s top minds to develop a Covid vaccine in such a short time.

    I understand if you want to take a specific vaccine. Personally I prefer the Pfizer vaccine.

    About a week after my second shot I got Covid. The symptoms took 10 days to appear after infection. I had a 102 degree fever that lasted roughly 36 hours. I’m 40. My mother who is 69 became symptomatic 6 days after I did. She had a 102 degree fever for 72 hours. Both of us were able to stay at home and recover without medical aid.

    Nobody is going to force people to get vaccinated. What we are going to do is constantly remind you that the reason the world can’t move on from this Pandemic is because a large minority of individuals refuse to protect themselves along with the rest of us.

    For whatever reason people have chosen to dig in their heels on this. Despite the fact that it has nothing to do with politics or religion or freedom. You are free to avoid the vaccine. Just like everyone is free to tell you how foolish you are being for doing so.

  4. Sure, we all have a personal choice…
    and we should.
    But let’s be real here — vaccines work.
    They really do save lives.
    Look what the USA did to polio.

    I know their is a SLIGHT risk.
    But odds are in favor of taking the vaccine.
    And we are social animals.
    Despite being VERY conservative myself,
    I believe that we have a social responsibility at some point.

    Jerry always stood up for himself.
    Doesn’t take crap from people.
    Good for you, Mr Hughes.

  5. nodiosmio wrote: “Do people not understand this Pandemic will NEVER end until at least 75% of people are vaccinated at minimum?”

    Please educate me, then, on how the 1919 influenza epidemic went away without a vaccine.

    Also, if only 75% of people are needed, then leave the 25% alone who wish to make their choice as is their right.

  6. saturn22 says:
    July 23, 2021 at 12:48 pm
    “Please educate me, then, on how the 1919 influenza epidemic went away without a vaccine.”

    It was a different virus and a different environment. People did not have the same means of travel available to them in 1919 as they do today. The first commercial airline flight did not occur until 1914 and traveled only 18 miles. The first non-stop transatlantic flight was not until 1927 and that was a single man in a tiny plane.

    People didn’t drive 10 miles to go to Wal-Mart. Gatherings among family that did not live near each other were much less frequent than they are today.

    There are numerous other differences besides travel. One of which is life expectancy. The average life expectancy in 1919 was 53.5 years for men and 56 for women. Far lower than it is today.

    Until roughly half of the people who have chosen to avoid vaccination decide to vaccinate this situation will not go away.

    It is ironic that the people we are urging to get the vaccine are the ones who are going to suffer if they do not vaccinate. 99.5% of the people who are dying have not been vaccinated. That means unvaccinated individuals are dying at a rate 200 times higher than those who have been vaccinated! If you were 200 times more likely to get cancer than someone else you’d do whatever they did to lower your risk.

    It may be inconvenient for those of us who have already been vaccinated to catch Covid, but it is very unlikely that we will die from it. Unfortunately those of you who refuse vaccination may not be as fortunate.

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