The NFL takes a tough stance on vaccinations. Singer Victory Boyd has had her appearance to sing the national anthem canceled due to her refusal to be vaccinated.
Boyd was scheduled to sing the anthem in the NFL opening game on September 9. But emails to Boyd’s father and manager John Boyd made it clear the concert was canceled due to the singer’s refusal to get the shot. “As I understand Victory will not be fully vaccinated by the time of the kickoff match, she would not have been able to comply with the terms of the Game Day pitch policy,” Seth Dudowsky wrote, Senior Director of NFL Media and Entertainment Events. . “And as a result, unfortunately we won’t be able to invite Victoria to perform the national anthem in this year’s kickoff match.”
The NFL Game Day Field Access Policy requires that everyone entering the field of play and on the sidelines be fully immunized. “Fully vaccinated” status is granted 14 days after receipt of the final dose of the required vaccine sequence. Victory Boyd, 27, has sung the national anthem twice in NFL games before.
Since news of the NFL negotiations broke down, Boyd posted about the incident on Instagram. She says she doesn’t want to receive the vaccine for religious reasons and believes the NFL discriminated against her with its policies.
“I made my peace with not being able to sing the national anthem tomorrow for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But I did not and will not make peace with the re-emergence of segregation and discrimination. This is not good and it is time to say it, ”she wrote on Instagram.
“If I want to get vaccinated, the decision will be between me, my doctor and my God,” she writes. The NFL reports that about 93% of players and over 99% of coaches and staff on teams are vaccinated.
Many teams are looking to require supporters to either be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative test in order to enter the stadium. The NFL wants to implement a vaccine requirement for all players, but the NFL Players Association has not agreed. This is because some players feel the same as Victory Boyd.
“It’s a personal decision for me and my family,” Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz told reporters at a press conference. “I respect everyone’s decision and just ask everyone to do the same for me.”
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