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MLB says players will receive COVID-19 vaccine when ‘public health officials deem it appropriate’

Here’s the statement MLB gave Drellich:

“Like the NBA, Major League Baseball and its clubs will work with public health authorities on issues related to the availability and timing of vaccinations for players and other employees,” MLB said in a statement to The Athletic. “Vaccinations will only be made available to players when public health officials deem it appropriate.”

Earlier this month the National Basketball Association advised teams vaccinations will be “consistent with the timing and prioritization set by applicable public health guidelines.” It was recently reported the National Hockey League was planning to privately purchase the vaccine prior to their upcoming season, though that report was shot down soon thereafter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 31, 2020 at 10:47 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JRVJ Posted: December 31, 2020 at 01:18 PM (#5996897)
I mean, what are they going to say?
   2. ramifications of an exciting 57i66135 Posted: December 31, 2020 at 01:28 PM (#5996901)
i'm done with this "greater good" bullshit. anyone who travels as much and as often as professional athletes should be forced to receive the vaccine before everyone else (aside from health care providers).
   3. Greg Pope Posted: December 31, 2020 at 01:55 PM (#5996905)
On the one hand, it's not that it's more important for Kris Bryant to get the vaccine before me.

But if you say to me, "If you're willing to wait one extra week to get the vaccine in order to have the baseball season to start on time and have a full slate of games", I'd agree to that. Not that they'd get it before the elderly and essential workers, but that they'd get it at the beginning of the "regular" people line instead of just randomly.
   4. baerga1 Posted: December 31, 2020 at 04:23 PM (#5996921)
I personally would not have any problem with athletes jumping ahead in line. And maybe even people who aren't sports fans would understand how important sports are to the national consciousness such that they wouldn't have a big problem with it either. It still may not be worth violating some of the larger principles involved, but I wouldn't complain!
   5. The Duke Posted: December 31, 2020 at 10:54 PM (#5996959)
They meant to say this “MLB says players will receive COVID-19 vaccine when we have negotiated a much shorter season with prorated salaries”
   6. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 01, 2021 at 03:55 PM (#5997008)
I mean, what are they going to say?

"Rich and famous people get everything else before you plebes, so why should the vaccine be any different?"
   7. Brian C Posted: January 01, 2021 at 08:02 PM (#5997037)
I wouldn't be opposed to pro athletes getting it either, because then at least someone would be getting vaccinated.
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 01, 2021 at 10:59 PM (#5997071)
I wouldn't be opposed to pro athletes getting it either, because then at least someone would be getting vaccinated.

Yeah, NY seems to be FUBARing this bigtime. Something like one third of available doses have been distributed.
   9. John Northey Posted: January 01, 2021 at 11:22 PM (#5997076)
The rule should be seniors and medical first, then people in high risk jobs (interact with the public) like teachers, grocery store workers and the like. Sadly we all know they will be the bottom of the list due to the same reasons they get paid minimum wage. Players should be after that, just as the general public is getting it. That also is when politicians should've been getting it instead of right off the bat.
   10. Ron J Posted: January 02, 2021 at 12:28 AM (#5997080)
#9 Jonathan Bernstein's point about politicians going early is for PR purposes. There are a lot of people who are hesitant and it helps if your tribe's public figures get vaccinated.

And hell, they skew old and active so ...

Athletes might also serve the same PR purpose.
   11. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: January 02, 2021 at 12:11 PM (#5997114)
Something like one third of available doses have been distributed.


Well, they can't do it too fast, or else you-know-who will get too much of the credit. Better to wait until after January 20th to really ramp things up.
   12. Ron J Posted: January 02, 2021 at 12:22 PM (#5997115)
#11 If that was the explanation wouldn't you expect Republican states to be doing better?

Hell, Canada is having issues with its roll out and Trump's not a factor.

I think this just shows that the logistical challenge has been underestimated. And it's very unlikely to get substantially better just because of a change of administration.

Now if the new administration brings with it some strategy changes, maybe things get better. It doesn't have to be a national strategy but I'd think that's the way to go.
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: January 03, 2021 at 09:04 AM (#5997205)
#11

That shows how limited you are in thinking about this.

There are already thousands of people infected and they won't start getting sick/dying for a few weeks anyways. Vaccinating people now won't stop the death toll from rising before Trump leaves office. It's too late for that.

Democrats WANT everyone vaccinated as quickly as possible. Then the death rates would start going down soon after Biden took power, which would make Trump look even worse.

I do, however, expect the Republicans to try and make points about the high death rate on January 21, and how it is higher than any time during Trump's term...

   14. BrianBrianson Posted: January 04, 2021 at 01:39 AM (#5997309)
Athletes travel a lot, interact closely with a lot of coworkers, interact with many different members of the public, press ... it makes sense to get them early.
   15. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: January 04, 2021 at 09:52 AM (#5997318)
The rollout was never going to be fair in this country. If athletes receiving the vaccine helps the moronic half of the country believe a little science for once, that is a big win.
   16. Quaker Posted: January 04, 2021 at 10:42 AM (#5997323)
The rollout was never going to be fair in this country. If athletes receiving the vaccine helps the moronic half of the country believe a little science for once, that is a big win.


Kill yourself
   17. SoSH U at work Posted: January 04, 2021 at 10:49 AM (#5997324)
Wow, you're a really bad at being a Quaker.
   18. Zonk is now Unified Posted: January 04, 2021 at 10:59 AM (#5997325)
#11 If that was the explanation wouldn't you expect Republican states to be doing better?

Hell, Canada is having issues with its roll out and Trump's not a factor.

I think this just shows that the logistical challenge has been underestimated. And it's very unlikely to get substantially better just because of a change of administration.

Now if the new administration brings with it some strategy changes, maybe things get better. It doesn't have to be a national strategy but I'd think that's the way to go


IDK, I think simply putting clear demarcations between health policy and the political spin can only help. Whether that yields better results will indeed remain to be seen, but at bare minimum - I'd expect more emphasis on federal guidance and a nationalized response rather than the current.... whatever the hell.

It's eerily reminiscent of this past February/March -- at a point when government leaders should have been leading a sobering discussion on the implications of a worldwide pandemic, planning accordingly, and steeling the nation for a rough year, we got... well... what we got. A full China lockdown was never going to be in the cards - nor should it have been - but what could and should have happened was an honest discussion about what we were faced with. Instead of happy talk about going to zero soon or measuring in weeks, we should have been preparing for a bad year.

If nothing else, I know Biden has already stated that invoking the DPA to ramp up production is one step that should have already been taken, but will be at least, in a couple weeks.
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: January 04, 2021 at 12:03 PM (#5997335)
The rule should be seniors and medical first, then people in high risk jobs (interact with the public) like teachers, grocery store workers and the like. Sadly we all know they will be the bottom of the list due to the same reasons they get paid minimum wage.

My friend works for a non-profit that does housing and job placement for the disabled. Because they interact with many at-risk people he is getting the first dose of the vaccine this week. I get why people are cynical about this but at least in CT they seem to be prioritizing things correctly.
   20. Ron J Posted: January 04, 2021 at 12:11 PM (#5997337)
My nephew deals with street people. He's not on the priority list.

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