Most of the coaches of the 32 teams in the National Football League (NFL), which began the mandatory mini-training camps this week, have turned to immunology specialists so they can talk with players about the benefits of getting vaccinated.
The Houston Texans have Methodist Hospital as their advisor for the entire vaccination process and although it is not required, most players have already done so as well as their families.
While Washington soccer coach Ron Rivera brought in Harvard immunologist Kizzmekia S. Corbett to speak with his players Tuesday night.
However, some coaches like veteran Bruce Arians, who heads the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the reigning Super Bowl LV champions, defined himself as the best specialist to speak to players.
Arians said he had not felt the need to bring the team to a specialist to talk to their players about the Covid-19 vaccine after some players have expressed skepticism about the need to receive it.
“My conversation with the players was very simple, he told them that if they wanted to go back to normal, get the vaccine,” said Arians, who confirmed that the Buccaneers are carrying out a vaccination campaign for the players and their families at the facilities. .
“There is going to be a long line there right now,” Arians said. “We were pretty short so far. Hopefully we have a pretty good line ”.
Past vaccination drives have also been conducted at the facility for coaches and support staff members.
The goal is for 85% of the team to be vaccinated, which Arians feels will be much closer after the last promotion.
“Everyone is tired of getting together here and eating out, and doing all the things that we had to do last year,” Arians said. “It’s still a personal choice, but I don’t see a reason not to get vaccinated.”
Regarding the reaction of some players on the team who have clearly expressed that they do not want to be vaccinated, Arians said they had all his respect, but he was confident that in the end they would realize the positive of doing so.