June 18, 2021

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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians sends message to players: ‘Get vaccinated’ for COVID-19

Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians sends message to players: ‘Get vaccinated’ for COVID-19


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While at least one team, the Washington football team, brought in an expert to talk to players about the reluctance to the COVID-19 vaccine, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said said he didn’t feel the need.

“No, I am the specialist,” he said said Thursday after the final practice of the team’s three-day minicamp.

Washington brings in Harvard immunologist Kizzmekia S. Corbett Tuesday night to talk about the benefits of getting the shot, as some players on the team – including defensive end Show Sweat – expressed concern about the injection.

“I’m not a fan of it at all” Sweat said wednesday. “I won’t get the vaccine until I have more facts. I haven’t caught COVID yet, so I don’t see myself dealing with COVID until I actually have received COVID.”

In Tampa, Arians said he didn’t believe his players were averse to the vaccine, but rather lacked motivation.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone who resisted it,” Arians continued. “They are just too lazy to have one.”

The Buccaneers, following advice from the NFL and the NFL Players Association, have set a goal of at least 85% of the team to be vaccinated.

“Well, if you want to get back to normal, get yourself vaccinated,” Arians said. “Everyone is tired of being here, eating out and doing all of those things that we had to do last year. It’s always a personal choice, but I see no reason not to get the vaccine. . “

To help increase the number of buccaneers vaccinated, Arians said the team is running a vaccination campaign at team headquarters near Raymond James Stadium for players and their families.

“There’s going to be a long line up there right now,” Arians said. “After today we were pretty short until now, but hopefully we have a pretty good line.”

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