Bradley Beal hasn’t ruled out vaccine, but stands by opinions
Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal clarified on Tuesday that he has not yet decided whether he will get vaccinated against COVID-19, while largely standing by the skeptical opinions he shared a day earlier during the team’s media day.
“What I stated yesterday, I believe what I said. It’s my opinion,” Beal said. “The ‘why’ is personal, but also along those lines, I also said that I’m still considering getting the vaccine. So one thing I want to get clear is that I’m not sitting up here advocating or campaigning that, ‘No, you should not get that vaccine.'”
Beal added that he couldn’t have received a jab by now if he wanted to because “I just cleared my 60 days of having COVID.” The 28-year-old tested positive for the coronavirus during USA Basketball’s training camp in mid-July, causing him to miss the Tokyo Olympics.
“I’ll just respect those things and go according to those rules and regulations until my decision changes — which is still possible,” he reiterated. “I’m not sitting here saying that I won’t get it.”
On Monday, Beal merely cited “personal reasons” for not getting vaccinated yet and asked why vaccinated individuals still contract the virus.
So-called breakthrough infections are still possible, but in those cases, studies have shown that the vaccine makes symptoms less severe and last for a shorter time. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that unvaccinated people were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-10 — and 11 times more likely to die — than vaccinated people.
Beal said Monday that during his bout with the virus, his only symptom was a loss of his sense of smell. He also said his parents and his brothers are vaccinated, so he understood “both sides of it.”
Beal averaged a career-high 31.3 points per game last season, earning his third All-Star appearance.
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