Vikings owner Mark Wilf “very concerned” about vaccine hesitancy on team

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When Vikings rookie quarterback Kellen Mond tested positive for COVID-19, starter Kirk Cousins and backup Nate Stanley had to go into isolation because both had been in contact with Mond and neither is vaccinated. That has led to major concerns in Minnesota.

Vikings owner Mark Wilf admitted today that he’s concerned about the vaccine hesitancy on his team.

“Well, we’re very concerned. I think it’s safe to say our number one priority is the health and safety of our players, our coaches, our staff and ultimately the entire community,” Wilf said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “From that standpoint, we really are encouraging people to take the vaccines, to get vaccinated. We’re proud of the fact we’ve partnered with the state of Minnesota to have our facility here used as a vaccination center here in the offseason. We just want everyone to follow the protocols. We’re trying to educate everyone in the organization, the team to make sure to get the vaccinations – of course, the Delta variant and all the other new permutations going on – we just want to make sure to preserve the health and safety. That’s the standpoint we come from as ownership and as an organization.”

Wilf is right to be concerned. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and most NFL players are vaccinated. But a few are allowing unfounded fears to prevent them from doing the right thing for their own health and the health of those around them.

48 responses to “Vikings owner Mark Wilf “very concerned” about vaccine hesitancy on team

  1. Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated doesn’t matter. Every individual is unequivocally responsible for their health and their health alone. No one is responsible for the health of any other individual.

  2. It is utterly disgusting that this franchise has not only a player still on the roster that is charged with felony domestic assault. But now they also have the worst COVID vaccination situation in the NFL. Nearly half of the roster is not vaccinated. This is by far the bottom of the barrel in the NFL for dealing with current vaccination protocols.

    This franchise is a stain on the shield.

  3. No one is responsible for the health of any other individual.
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    You need to take a sociology class. Being responsible for others is literally the main reason we formed civilizations. You don’t wanna be responsible for others, go live in the woods, but if you want to function in modern day society, you’ll have to do things for the greater good once in awhile.

  4. Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated doesn’t matter. Every individual is unequivocally responsible for their health and their health alone. No one is responsible for the health of any other individual.
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    Except that’s not how it works for many things, from food regulations to OSHA to oh, yeah, a global pandemic.

  5. It’d be helpful to know just how far behind the rest of the league the Vikings are. The NFL keeps telling us how many teams are at 90%, etc but they never say where the bottom is. Like are the worst teams still below 50%? Or are they just marginally behind and maybe at 75%? It’d make a big difference to know those numbers.

  6. Tyson Foods just announced all employees need to be vaccinated, good for them. The unvaccinated are ruining the US Economy and preventing the country as a whole from opening up again. Why anyone would want to put children and health care workers, as well as their own family and fellow employees is mind boggling…meanwhile, as mentioned, ruining their country’s economy. Wilfs, please learn something from Tyson Foods and the majority of corporations.

  7. Strange thing is that Cousins once said he would have pursued a career as a neurosurgeon if football didn’t work out. Pretty sure in that field, he would be required to take the vaccine.

  8. Leadership starts from the top. Right now cousins has proven himself to be more of a coward then a leader. Same for Harrison and Theilen if they are refusing to vaccinated.

  9. “No one is responsible for the health of any other individual.” …you are clearly not a parent. …please, keep it that way.

  10. It’s interesting how different the thought processes in people are. A large group of people are yelling and screaming, demanding everyone get vaccinated and telling everyone how dangerous it is to not be vaccinated while so many unvaccinated people, including myself, are wondering what everyone is so afraid of. Numbers keep getting thrown out there but most of those numbers aren’t absolute numbers. They’re percentages and comparisons. I’ve already done the math. This country and the whole world is still experiencing population growth, the last thing any of us needs.

  11. To those paying attention, it’s no surprise that Cousins takes some extra time to process information.

  12. tiredofcowards says:
    August 3, 2021 at 1:47 pm
    so many unvaccinated people, including myself, are wondering what everyone is so afraid of.

    Yeah what is everyone so afraid of? We’re only at 4.24 million deaths globally.

    Stop acting like you’re some fearless warrior when you can’t even stand the thought of a sore arm for 12 hours.

  13. Sweet! Despite all science and logic stating to get the vaccine, *tiredofcowards* says that he did the math and that we have nothing to worry about you guys!

  14. Marginal players who do not get the vaccine will be gone when the cut from 90 players to 53 players happens in a month. Mond, Browning and Stanley are competing for one or two backup QB spots behind Cousins. Mond and Browning are vaccinated and Stanley is not. Anybody want to guess who gets cut?

  15. While the Delta variant made the NFL COVID protocol irrelevant, obsolete, and dangerous due to contagious infections between vaccinated individuals just wait until the Lambda variant gets here ( evidence of vaccine resistance in lab).

  16. Amazing how the tables have turned in the last week. Those who were crowing and pressuring others are now the superspreaders.

  17. I’m in my 70s and vaccinated and so are my children and baby grandchild. But my boy and his wife and newborn all got Covid after they were vaccinated. So it’s very confusing and we all need to have patience. This isn’t going to be figured out overnight and blaming others without a true understanding doesn’t help either. We’re here to help each other through this. Be kind. Please.

  18. Your 2021 Vikings… Lowest percentage of players vaccinated in the NFL… just starting to set up the excuses for the losses this year.

  19. Bunch of dopes. This team isn’t set up well enough twin with all these distractions. Again, it’s not an “individual” choice in a team setting with these NFL protocols. The selfish acts of an individual placing themselves above the team effects not just the health of others, but the paycheck of the other players and team wins and losses. Love the team – disgusted with certain players.

  20. While the Delta variant made the NFL COVID protocol irrelevant, obsolete, and dangerous due to contagious infections between vaccinated individuals just wait until the Lambda variant gets here ( evidence of vaccine resistance in lab).
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    Lambda is a legit concern and it has the potential to be a game-changer in a bad way, but Delta actually made the NFL protocols even more relevant. The primary goal of the vaccine is to protect against serious infection and death and it’s overwhelmingly effective doing that, even with Delta. Again, to all the anti-vaxxers, what is the alternative? I’m all ears.

  21. Not allowing marijuana as a pain remedy but allowing addictive and destructive opioids.

    Now pretty much forcing the players to put an unproven vaccine in their bodies. Most people just want more time to see the full scope of side effects. Keep in mind these are some of the healthiest people in the world, who’s immune systems work properly.

    The players are right, the NFL is turning into modern day slavery.

    Sacrificing players health and future quality of life for the entertainment of the viewers.

  22. One question I’ve not seen answered is, if your company mandates a vaccine and says you will be terminated if you don’t get the jab. Say you go get the jab, develop a clot and it causes you to stroke out and now you’re unable to continue working for the company, are they liable now for your medical and lost of future earnings? Maybe damages too?

  23. “Like are the worst teams still below 50%? Or are they just marginally behind and maybe at 75%? It’d make a big difference to know those numbers.”

    The Vikings are at 64%… lowest in the NFL

  24. “The unvaccinated are ruining the US Economy and preventing the country as a whole from opening up again.”

    They’re not just slowing the economy they’re allowing the virus to mutate much faster and putting us all at risk again.

  25. “but Delta actually made the NFL protocols even more relevant. The primary goal of the vaccine is to protect against serious infection and death and it’s overwhelmingly effective doing that”

    The aim of the NFL COVID protocol is to reduce the number of infections that may lead to postponements or cancellations of games and the reduction of revenue. While the vaccines are effective in preventing serious illness and death, NFL players are in a demographic with virtually no threat of serious illness or death regardless of vaccination status.

    The science shows vaccinated individuals have just as high, if not higher viral loads as unvaccinated and are just as contagious when infected with the Delta variant. Allowing vaccinated players to congregate in groups without masks is encouraging the spread, as we have already seen with all the vaccinated individuals on the COVID list, the COVID protocol is supposed to be prevent.

  26. NFL players are in a demographic with virtually no threat of serious illness or death regardless of vaccination status.
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    Ask the doctors and nurses in the COVID ward of any hospital whether that’s true. Or simply do a quick internet search.

  27. crapsand says:
    August 3, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    One question I’ve not seen answered is, if your company mandates a vaccine and says you will be terminated if you don’t get the jab. Say you go get the jab, develop a clot and it causes you to stroke out and now you’re unable to continue working for the company, are they liable now for your medical and lost of future earnings? Maybe damages too?

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    Yeah, and what if you get struck by lightning while walking into the office? What if a swarm of killer bees attacks the workplace? What if you have a heart attack during the mandatory HR training?

    Good lord. It’s just a shot. Get it, you’ll be fine. The majority of Americans already have.

  28. Should we worry about any unknown, long term effects of taking the vaccine? What about the side effects we already know about, including death? Should individuals be allowed to make their own choices about their health and body? The people who demand everyone get the vaccine are scary. We have rights and mandating vaccination is a slippery slope. What is next? No abortion? Mandatory birth control injections? Where does it end?

  29. “But my boy and his wife and newborn all got Covid after they were vaccinated.”

    Since they were vaccinated, they likely didn’t have bad symptoms or end up in the hospital like the unvaccinated do.

    That’s the difference.

  30. “It’s just a shot” that strangely needs liability protection from lawsuits. If it’s great/safe/works then wouldn’t the Big Pharms want to stand behind their product and take on any lawsuit that arises? Wouldn’t companies that mandate want to assure their employees that no matter what happens we’re here to take care of you?

  31. crapsand says:
    August 3, 2021 at 3:37 pm
    One question I’ve not seen answered is, if your company mandates a vaccine and says you will be terminated if you don’t get the jab. Say you go get the jab, develop a clot and it causes you to stroke out and now you’re unable to continue working for the company, are they liable now for your medical and lost of future earnings? Maybe damages too?

    24 22 Rate This

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    No one is dying from the vaccine at rates of the virus. Do you understand simple math?

    If one person dies in 10 million after the vaccine, they were likely already close to dying anyway. Get it?

    You people are morons. This isn’t some hot batch of heroin.

  32. No one is dying from the vaccine at rates of the virus. Do you understand simple math?

    If one person dies in 10 million after the vaccine, they were likely already close to dying anyway. Get it?

    You people are morons. This isn’t some hot batch of heroin.

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    My post said nothing about dying (guess reading/understanding isn’t simple for you) more complications from it (which have been reported heart scaring/clouting ). which could have longer term health and financial impacts of the individual. Sure my odds are low of any complications, but someone has to win the lotto. I’ll take the jab when Big Pharm can be sued.

    Disclaimer: I’ve had Covid and now have the antibodies.

  33. “One question I’ve not seen answered is, if your company mandates a vaccine and says you will be terminated if you don’t get the jab. Say you go get the jab, develop a clot and it causes you to stroke out and now you’re unable to continue working for the company, are they liable now for your medical and lost of future earnings? Maybe damages too?”
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    OSHA said ‘yes’ to that question, which is why plenty of companies changed their minds about mandating the vaxx

  34. Should we worry about any unknown, long term effects of taking the vaccine? What about the side effects we already know about, including death? Should individuals be allowed to make their own choices about their health and body? The people who demand everyone get the vaccine are scary. We have rights and mandating vaccination is a slippery slope. What is next? No abortion? Mandatory birth control injections? Where does it end?
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    What in life doesn’t have risk. The military for a while required anthrax vaccine which has a history of causing lupus and MS . People also smoke cigarettes still with all the info we have on that. Nobody lives forever y’all act like you’re Dracula getting a garlic vaccine lol it’s moronic.

  35. crapsand says:
    August 3, 2021 at 3:37 pm
    One question I’ve not seen answered is, if your company mandates a vaccine and says you will be terminated if you don’t get the jab. Say you go get the jab, develop a clot and it causes you to stroke out and now you’re unable to continue working for the company, are they liable now for your medical and lost of future earnings? Maybe damages too?

    And if you refuse to get vaccinated, and you get covid AGAIN- and contact tracing shows you to be the source of an outbreak that shuts a business down – are YOU willing to be responsible for damages? What if someone who can’t get a vaccine dies because of it? Are you willing to take responsibility?

    Honestly, if someone won’t take a vaccine I don’t want them working for me regardless of the disease issue. Anyone who is anti vaccination clearly shows ignorance to information and shows them to be a poor decision maker.

  36. voddyt says:
    August 3, 2021 at 5:11 pm
    NFL players are in a demographic with virtually no threat of serious illness or death regardless of vaccination status.
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    Ask the doctors and nurses in the COVID ward of any hospital whether that’s true. Or simply do a quick internet search.

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    75% of Covid patients In Massachusetts hospitals have already been vaccinated.

  37. Seasons over. What can we get for the veterans? Oh right, more 1st round picks to blow on busted cornerbacks and offensive lineman

  38. topcide says:
    August 3, 2021 at 7:21 pm
    crapsand says:
    August 3, 2021 at 3:37 pm
    One question I’ve not seen answered is, if your company mandates a vaccine and says you will be terminated if you don’t get the jab. Say you go get the jab, develop a clot and it causes you to stroke out and now you’re unable to continue working for the company, are they liable now for your medical and lost of future earnings? Maybe damages too?

    And if you refuse to get vaccinated, and you get covid AGAIN- and contact tracing shows you to be the source of an outbreak that shuts a business down – are YOU willing to be responsible for damages? What if someone who can’t get a vaccine dies because of it? Are you willing to take responsibility?

    Honestly, if someone won’t take a vaccine I don’t want them working for me regardless of the disease issue. Anyone who is anti vaccination clearly shows ignorance to information and shows them to be a poor decision maker.
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    This is funny, cause the media ain’t talking about people getting Covid twice as much as they’re talking about who get the vaccine having breakthrough cases. Mutations are happening now because vaccine people are getting Covid more, do you not think it’s mutating in vaccine people??

  39. I’m 1,000% behind the idea that this is a free country, but when you’re getting paid over $30,000,000 to play QB, you need to get your ass vaxed or be willing to forfeit some money for the games you miss.

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