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QB Lamar Jackson noncommittal about Covid-19 vaccine after contracting virus twice

“I simply received off the Covid record, so I’ve received to speak to my group about this and attempt to see how they really feel about it,” he stated. “I’m going to maintain grinding as a lot as I can about it, and go from there.”

He was requested once more if he would get vaccinated.

“We’ll see. Talking to the medical doctors. We’ll see,” he stated. He later added he felt getting the vaccine was a private choice.

“I’m simply going to fret about that with my household, hold my emotions to my household and myself. I’m centered on getting higher proper now. I am unable to dwell on that proper now on how everyone else feels — simply attempting to get again into a terrific routine,” he stated.

Pro athletes and leagues are sometimes at odds over vaccines, much like the rest of America

Jackson examined constructive for the second time in July earlier than coaching camp and stated he was upset by it.

“What the? Again?! It was loopy. I used to be heartbroken as a result of I wasn’t trying ahead to that every one. Right earlier than camp it was like, not once more. Not proper now. But it is over with,” Jackson stated, including he was fatigued and slept so much.

“But I’m glad to be again. Ten days being off, I did not prefer it in any respect,” he stated.

Jackson first examined constructive in late November 2020, in keeping with the NFL Network and ESPN. It was throughout this time the Ravens were struggling to manage a Covid outbreak amongst gamers — at one level putting 20 gamers on the Reserve/Covid-19 record.

Vaccinated gamers that take a look at constructive and stay asymptomatic are eligible to return after testing damaging twice in a 24-hour span, in keeping with league protocols.

Unvaccinated gamers are required to quarantine for 10 days after which take a look at damaging earlier than they’re in a position to return.

Jackson stated Monday he did not really feel that having an unvaccinated quarterback was a drawback to the Ravens.

“I’m simply going to observe the NFL protocols as a lot as I can, finest I can. I’m not nervous about it. Last 12 months I got here off Covid, I felt like we did fairly good,” he stated. “This 12 months, I’m attempting to do the identical factor if something. Just like I stated, I’m going to observe the protocols.”

Jackson’s noncommittal to the vaccine comes because the NFL and other leagues attempt to fight vaccine hesitancy amongst gamers. Buffalo Bills huge receiver Cole Beasley tweeted in June he’d somewhat retire than get a vaccine, however in July said he was not “anti or professional vax. I’m professional selection.”

CNN’s Homero De la Fuente, Jill Martin and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.

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