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Washington head coach Ron Riveras’ views on vaccine misinformation

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA - JULY 28: Head Coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Football Team watches his team during the Washington Football Team training camp on July 28, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera was recently interviewed and discussed his fight against cancer last year and how it changed his outlook. Another part of the conversation with Rivera had to do with the COVID-19 vaccine. He has grown frustrated with the tentative approach that many of his players have taken towards it. Rivera also sounded off on those who’d shed false information on the vaccine.

“You got some, quite frankly, f***ing a**holes that are putting a bunch of misinformation out there, leading people to die. Thatís frustrating to me, that these people are allowed to have a platform. And then, one specific news agency, every time they have someone on, Iím not a doctor, but the vaccines donít work. Or Iím not an epidemiologist, but vaccines are going to give you a third nipple and make you sterile. Come on. That, to me? That should not be allowed.Ē

Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera advocates for the vaccine

As someone who recently fought against cancer, Rivera stands as immunocompromised. This means that though he has already received the vaccination against the virus, he remains susceptible to a bad outcome should he contract it. In his interview, he discussed the limits he put on himself to keep from contact tracing.

ďI have to be careful, I have to wear [masks]. Weíve had a couple situations with players already testing positive for COVID, and that scares the hell out of me, because I interact with these guys. Iím close to these guys, and sometimes I forget to put my mask on for extra insurance. I know Iím vaccinated, and I know itís going to keep me from getting deathly ill, but I can still get it. And who knows? So I have to be careful.”

Ron Rivera

With the risk to himself and others in mind, Ron Rivera lines in favor of the vaccine. However, many of his players seemingly haven’t looked at it in the same way. This time last month, under 50 percent of Washington’s roster had received the vaccination. Today, 84 percent of the team stands as at least partially vaccinated. Of that group, over 50 percent have a full dose. While management of the coronavirus remains a point of contention throughout the NFL, these recent developments show signs of the league moving in a positive direction.

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