Jeff Van Gundy calls out COVID-19 anti-vaxxers during preseason game

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Jeff Van Gundy made his feelings about those taking a reserved approach to the COVID-19 vaccine known. During a Thursday night preseason game between the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, Van Gundy expressed his frustration with those who remain hesitant.

“You know what drives me crazy? ‘I’m doing my own research.’ I would like someone to answer this: What does that look like? You doing your own research? Are you doing studies yourself? Are you in lab nightly? I don’t understand what that means.”

Jeff Van Gundy

Van Gundy suggests that the people who conduct their own research won’t find anything that professionals haven’t already revised. The overarching argument here being that this specific action is unnecessary.

He does raise a valid point. The real issue pertains to a lack of trust in what the vaccine itself provides for some people. Despite the cause, there remain some who cannot bring themselves to take the shot for many reasons. As that continues, the progression towards resolving the pandemic maintains its slow pace.

NBA Players opting against the COVID-19 vaccine

Since becoming available to the media, NBA players who haven’t taken a dose of the vaccine opened up on their reasoning behind said decisions. Wizards star Bradley Beal questioned why those who get vaccinated still contract the virus. Nuggets upstart swingman Michael Porter Jr. cited discomfort with the idea of taking the vaccine despite having contracted the virus twice.

“For me, I had COVID twice, I saw how my body reacted, and although the chances are slim, with the vaccine, there’s a chance you could have a bad reaction to it. For me, I don’t feel comfortable.”

Michael Porter Jr.

Andrew Wiggins, who recently took the vaccine, cited concerns on�how it may affect him in the distant future. Their uncertainty and hesitance are shared by many. Hopefully, with time, we can all move past the issue altogether.

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