Mike Zimmer says he’s thinking of players and their families with push to get vaccinated

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The Vikings brought in infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm today to talk to their players about the importance of getting vaccinated, and coach Mike Zimmer says that’s not just about not wanting players to miss games because of COVID-19.

Zimmer said he wants players to know the vaccines are safe and effective because he wants to keep them safe, and keep their families safe.

“I just care about these players and I care about their families,” Zimmer said. “That’s my main reason. If they miss a game because they get COVID, so be it. But I don’t want them to get sick and I don’t want their families to get sick and their kids to get sick or my grandkids to get sick.”

Zimmer said Osterholm was impressive and he hopes players paid close attention to what he had to say.

“I thought it went well,” Zimmer said. “He’s one of the top specialists in the world and I thought he was very good with his points, answered a lot of questions. Whether or not that changes anything, I don’t know, but we’re very thankful that he was able to come over and talk to the team in person.”

The Vikings have had a number of vaccine holdouts, most notably quarterback Kirk Cousins. At this point, people who haven’t received the vaccine probably aren’t the type to listen to scientists, and so even one of the world’s leading vaccine experts may not change the mind of Cousins or some of his teammates. But Zimmer wants to try anything he can.

10 responses to “Mike Zimmer says he’s thinking of players and their families with push to get vaccinated

  1. Zimmer seems to be spending a lot of time thinking and speaking about COVID, season is just around the corner coach time to worry about football.

  2. Now that the FDA has fully authorized the Pfizer vaccine for use, the whole “It’s an experimental drug” and “I need more data on safety” arguments just evaporated. What will be the next pseudo-scientific excuse will the players use?

  3. Anthony Vogt says:
    August 23, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    What happened to freedom of choice?
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    It looks to be alive and well. Choose to be vaccinated or choose to get on with your life’s work outside of the NFL.

  4. Anthony Vogt says:
    August 23, 2021 at 3:09 pm
    What happened to freedom of choice?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    You’re looking at it. Playing in the NFL is a privilege not a right. Maybe the Pillow Guy is hiring (and don’t tell me it’s not political.)

  5. Freedom of choice is not the freedom to infect others with a potentially fatal virus. And yes; the federal government can compel you to be vaccinated in a public health emergency. This was approved and affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court nearly a hundred years ago.
    Google ‘Typhoid Mary’ and see how a person can be imprisoned for putting others at risk by spreading a disease.

  6. Anthony Vogt says:
    August 23, 2021 at 3:09 pm
    What happened to freedom of choice?

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    It’s alive and well. They have the freedom to choose not to get vaccinated and the NFL has the freedom to not hire them. See how it works both ways ? No one has a right to be employed by anyone go find another job.

  7. The freedom of choice argument is amazingly naive. Does that include drs not treating a Covid patient who chose not to do the one thing necessary to end a pandemic? Does that include stop signs on roads? You can do all of those things but bravery vs pandemic ends once you are clogging up our hospitals because you finally understand what’s it feels like to not breath on your own. Wake up and learn basic human survival. Without vaccines you wouldn’t be here

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