The Minnesota Vikings aren’t off to the best start in training camp, and COVID-19 is a big reason why.
Rookie quarterback Kellen Mond tested positive over the weekend. Kirk Cousins and backup Nate Stanley are in isolation, as a result. The Vikings’ front office is now, understandably, pushing for players to get vaccinated.
Vikings owner Mark Wilf said this week that he’s “very concerned” about his team’s hesitancy to get vaccinated. It could not only have a drastic impact on the football side of things. More importantly, it impacts the “healthy and safety” of every member of the organization.
“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 ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
“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.”
Vikings owner Mark Wilf on his level of concern over vaccine hesitancy among 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.”
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) August 3, 2021
Mark Wilf should be concerned. The Vikings as a whole are behind the mark in vaccinations compared to the rest of the NFL.
Hopefully the Vikings’ latest experience is a wake-up call for players refusing vaccination.
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