Ron Rivera hopes players will consider his immune deficiency and get the vaccine

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Two players went on the COVID-19 reserve list on the Washington Football Team today, which brought renewed attention to Washington’s status as the team with the most unvaccinated players in the NFL.

Washington coach Ron Rivera, who was treated for cancer last year, is hoping players will consider that his immune system remains weakened when they decide whether to get the vaccine.

“I think just making the statement that I am immune deficient is hopefully part of their conversation and their thought process,” Rivera said in comments distributed by the team. “Again, it is a personal decision, and we just hope that we can get more guys vaccinated.”

Rivera said the vaccine will be available to players tomorrow and he hopes some will get it.

“We will see tomorrow,” Rivera said. “Tomorrow we are hoping that we will get some more guys vaccinated. We will see. It is a difficult topic. I have tried to broach it with a lot of our players and have talked with a lot of our guys that haven’t. It is a personal thing, but hopefully, we can sway it. Hopefully.”

Rivera also tried to impress on players the competitive disadvantages facing teams with more unvaccinated players, as the NFL has stricter protocols about isolating unvaccinated players who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

“And that’s part of the problem,” Rivera said. “I mean, to be very honest, that’s going to make things difficult and that’s the thing we have to be aware of. It makes it difficult in terms of everybody working together. Difficult on us as coaches with our evaluations and the scouts. It will be difficult on the player because having time off, not really getting an opportunity to work, develop, grow and learn, that’s the downfall, and the downside. I mentioned it to our guys. I said, ‘you know, here is the what if scenario: what if this had been game day Sunday for the opener?’ Even though it’s only contact tracing for some of them, that’s five days. So, if this is the opener, imagine this, opening against Los Angeles, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, playing Thursday night against the Giants. Those guys would not be eligible. So, to me, it brings the reality of what the rules are and I hope it helps. But again, these young men have to make their decisions.”

It is ultimately the players’ decision. But there’s little doubt that the right decision is to get vaccinated.

35 responses to “Ron Rivera hopes players will consider his immune deficiency and get the vaccine

  1. Since when did medical care not become about you? This collective good crap is paving the way to communism. Bet he would not care if one of those players was injured by the shot.

  2. Can Rivera not receive the vaccine himself? Or does he just not understand how they work?

  3. Rivera is a team first coach. He is also the real GM and he’s going to remember who the selfish guys are. They’d better be really good, or they are gone.

  4. “…paving the way to communism. ” That’s the most laughable thing I’ve read today. You can’t be serious.

  5. Vaccines are supposed to provide immunity, that’s why you take them. If you don’t get immunity from a vaccine…then it isn’t an actual vaccine.

    vac·cine
    /vakˈsēn/

    noun

    a substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease.

  6. Crazy to think that in a few weeks, dozens of roster-fringe guys will essentially retire instead of getting the vax.

  7. If the vaccine works, then why do I have to get one. If the vaccined doesn’t work, then why do i have to get one.

  8. How is it possible to question the fact that covid was a scam in its entirety to bring about a communist new world order? I’m going to guess you know absolutely nothing about the World economic forum and the great reset. The WEF and the United Nations are both on record saying covid was about implementing communism. the fact that you don’t know this shows you must only get your information from a television. Proving what I just said is fairly easy to do.

  9. The CDC just said that vaccinated people are more likely to spread the delta variant. Still stick with your opinion?

  10. There will always be people on the wrong side of history. In this case, all of the world’s smartest people are all vaccinated and heavily advising that the public gets vaccinated. It is extremely rare that all of the world’s smartest people would be on the wrong side of history. I am not the smartest, but I know what the smartest are doing: get vaccinated

  11. Rivera can take the year off if he is concerned about his safety.
    Doesn’t seem to me that he is concerned that others be forced to take an untested injection.
    Players shouldn’t be forced to make personal medical decisions for the benefit of others.

  12. for those questioning why get the shot if vaccines work, you clearly dont know how vaccines work. for those who are vaccinated againsted measels, polio, rubella etc, doesnt mean you never pick up those viruses. it means you dont succumb to those virus’ extreme symptoms. which is the same thing with the covid vaccine. the problem is you meatheads arent getting vaccinated at the rate those aforementioned vaccinations are administered. so really we are all asking you to get vaccinated tl HELP YOURSELVES, and to end this nonsense. but by all means; freedom!!!

  13. drywormdryworm says:
    July 31, 2021 at 5:12 pm
    If the vaccine works, then why do I have to get one. If the vaccined doesn’t work, then why do i have to get one.
    +++++++++++++++++++
    I can sense the immense satisfaction trolling the crowd with this statement provides you. The anti- vaxxers are also the ones who complain about social distancing and masking. Doing nothing is not an option. What do you propose we do so EVERYONE can return life to normal life?

    Shutdowns are coming unless people take action. Isnt that worse than getting two little shots?

  14. Every single player on the team could be vaccinated.

    Every player on the team can still catch covid.

    Every player on the team can still transmit the virus to anyone.

    So, can someone please explain how getting the vaccine protects other people?

  15. I imagine all of you are going to forgo going to the hospital if you refuse the vaccine and contract covid and develop severe symptoms? 99 percent of hospitalizations and deaths are those not vaccinated.

  16. What a bunch of knuckle-dragging troglodytes. Most of you clowns denouncing the vaccine don’t have the slightest idea how it works. Let me make it easier on you — vaccinated with covid = inconvenience; not vaccinated with covid = chance of serious illness or death (with a much higher incidence for elderly and immune-compromised). Every court has ruled that employers have every right to demand that their employees get vaccinated. So shut up and get vaccinated or take whatever the world dumps on your doorstep.

  17. This is exactly what the anti vaxxers and anti maskers selfishly don’t consider. They say they’re “not afraid”, but this selfish attitude is why the virus continues to spread and why the US has the most cases in the world. They don’t think about who they are spreading the virus to. Period. Wake up, sheeple and stop reading anti vaxx memes.

  18. If Ron wants to cut good players let him. I hope my team picks them up. Tired of people saying you can’t decide your own medical care. This whole thing is designed to make us submit. Next they will come after second amendment. These are totalitarians.

  19. COVID has brought into brilliant relief just who all the selfish jerks of the world are. The light will find you, no matter how much you squirm and make excuses.

  20. Even Trump got the jab. That got my attention to get one. And in my world, he’s the biggest turd walking this planet. And he had covid. This really is a no brainer, apparently lots of folks have no brain.

  21. 1. If you are vaccinated, you are supposedly safe.
    2. If someone isn’t vaccinated, and you are, you are once again supposedly safe.
    3. This is America where people are supposed to have freedom to make personal decisions on on their own health.
    4. Bully tactics make people question your intentions and the effectiveness of the supposedly safe vaccine.

  22. So if Ron is so worried about it he should t be coaching and around all these people everyday. He is asking others to do something that they don’t want to do for medical reasons to better protect his own self interest. He should quit until he finds it safe enough to return to the game

  23. Instead of asking people to all conform for you, retire, or coach from a bubble.

  24. Those who drank the cool aid are easy to identify. I have two friends who got the van. One developed an immune disorder immediately afterward, and the second one is dead, although he was elderly, but he was a farmer and healthy as can be. Stop telling other people what to do. Stop telling other people what to put in their bodies, it is forbidden by the Geneva Convention for starters.

  25. 1. If you are vaccinated, you are supposedly safe.
    2. If someone isn’t vaccinated, and you are, you are once again supposedly safe.
    3. This is America where people are supposed to have freedom to make personal decisions on on their own health.
    4. Bully tactics make people question your intentions and the effectiveness of the supposedly safe vaccine.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The vaccine does not make you “safe.” It is safer than not being vaccinated, but is not 100 % effective. A small percentage still develop Covid, but are highly likely to not develop serious disease. Stop acting like its worthless if not 100 % effective in preventing Disease. Do you wear sunscreen even though its not 100% effective in preventing sunburn and skin cancer 20 years down the road? Same thing.

  26. Rivera needs to chill. Getting this experimental vaccine is an individual choice, and besides that the CDC just said those with the vaccine are more likely to spread this Delta variant.

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