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Monday, April 05, 2021

Some Mets players are hesitant to publicly embrace COVID-19 vaccines

But even though experts universally are encouraging the shots as the world tries to end the once-in-a-century pandemic, Mets players publicly have been hesitant to embrace the COVID-19 vaccines for themselves.

“It’s a personal choice,” Michael Conforto said Sunday, “and everybody has their own opinions on whether or not they’re going to get vaccinated.”

The Mets have been consistent in their messaging. James McCann also framed it as a “personal choice,” similar to J.D. Davis’ “personal preference.”

That runs contrary to the school of thought that would consider getting vaccinated a civic duty. The more people who are inoculated — even if it isn’t permanent — the less danger everyone else is in.

Why would players not get it?

I don’t know if I can speak to the reasons why they would or why they wouldn’t,” Conforto said. “I can tell you we have great doctors. We have all the current information on these vaccines in particular. We’re very educated.”

Although the Mets’ policy makes the jabs voluntary, this week the organization is giving players an educational video to make sure they know the facts about how the vaccines work and that they are highly effective.

Conforto said he isn’t comfortable saying whether he will get vaccinated (though he did disclose that he contracted COVID-19 right before spring training).

Davis said he hasn’t thought much about his “personal choice,” adding that Mets players as a whole “aren’t really getting the itch to . . . have that kind of normal lifestyle.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2021 at 10:34 AM | 24 comment(s)
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