Patriots coach Bill Belichick doubles down on vaccine comments
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made some vaccine comments last week that didn’t exactly please the league, voicing that many players are still testing positive even if they’ve received both doses.
Belichick was asked about those remarks on Monday morning and made it clear where he stands with the situation. Via Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal:
“No player has been kept or released because of their vaccine status,” The Patriots coach said. “My comment relative to vaccinations are really the way I feel. That’s an individual decision to make. . . . We’re better off if everyone is vaccinated.”
There were rumors that Cam Newton’s vaccination status was one of the factors which led to his release from the Patriots, but Belichick has basically shut that notion down. He does have a point, though. There are many players across the NFL who are still getting the virus due to the Delta Variant, which is causing serious problems all over the world. They’re even working on a booster shot for it, which could be required in the near future.
Nevertheless, the league has done a good job of getting almost everybody vaccinated. The Patriots have a very solid rate of getting the jab and despite some players voicing their displeasure with getting the vaccine, they don’t really have a choice given the new COVID-19 rules for the 2021 season.