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List of American sports athletes refusing to get COVID-19 vaccine

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The year 2020 saw the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus aka COVID-19, and from its epicenter in Wuhan, China, the deadly virus took over the entire world, causing an unprecedented pandemic.

Just like almost every other human activity, world sports took a massive jolt from the sudden pandemic. Every other day sports leagues, tournaments and events were slapped with cancellations and postponements.

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While it took months for the global sports scene to resume itself, the resumption of activity came with a lot of terms and conditions. The terms were the no compromise safety protocols aka “Standard Operating Procedure” which all athletes, teams, coaches, and staff had to abide by.

The protocols meant behind closed doors or just a few spectator allowance in games, while the personnel themselves had to remain in bio bubble, just for one goal- to prevent any further contamination of the virus.

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Now, we have rolled into 2021 and the biggest step forward in countering the pandemic has been the invention of the vaccine. Vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and many more have been administrated to world population at a steady rate, and is on the verge of becoming a mandatory procedure in world sports.

However, there are a number of athletes in recent times who have gone against taking the vaccine for various reasons.

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Below here are a list of American sports athletes, who are thumbing down to the COVID-19 vaccine.


Montez Sweat, the Washington Football Team defensive end recently said that he will wait on the vaccine until he has learned enough about the dose.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold called it a “personal decision” to not take the vac, but also said that it was “smart” to restrict oneself from it.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds and safety Jordan Poyer have all refused to talk about the vaccine, implying they are on the list to deviate from getting the shot.


Back in March, Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins publicly announced that he doesn’t see himself getting the vaccine “any time soon”, unless he is “forced to” take it.

Wiggins’ teammate and Warriors guard Kent Bazemore has also been on the same page, naysaying to the vaccine until he has more information on it.

Boston Celtics guards Kemba Walker has been has also joined the list, earlier saying that he was “not sure” about the vaccination and wanted to learn more about it.

LeBron James, who has been unsure about taking the shot, has not provided any information on whether he has been vaccinated yet and said he wants to “keep that to a private thing.”


Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons had declined the vaccination offered to the franchise, citing “personal reasons” and “past experiences”, and had contracted the virus a week later.

Alongside a number of his teammates, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta has been skeptic about the information regarding the vaccine and has denied getting one.


Toronto FC midfielder Nick DeLeon said it was his “personal choice” to not get the vaccine, adding that he neither gets any medicine, prescriptions or any other type of flu shots.

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.


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