YOU TALKIN’ TO ME – APRIL 24
By Its Sports Magazine Staff

SHOULD PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES BE REQUIRED TO BE COVID VACCINATED TO PLAY IN THE THEIR UPCOMING SEASON?

Ok, Brooklyn, I’ll start us off.  I don’t believe leagues should require the professional athletes under their jurisdiction to procure a Covid vaccine injection to compete.  I base that conclusion on the following premises.

First, I am concerned whether these vaccines have gone through enough rigorous testing to see if they actually can do what they are purported to achieve. Big Apple Guy, I’m old enough to remember how the polio vaccine was rolled out.  It was first tested on 161 children in 1953 and Dr. Jonas Salk presented his results to the Immunization Committee who advised the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.  That led to a massive field trial in 1954 that encompassed over 600,000 schoolchildren as well as over a million others as an observation group.

After almost two years of extensive testing, the Salk Polio vaccine was deemed a success.  In fact, I got the Sabin oral vaccine in a sugar cube in New Jersey in the early 1960s.  Yeah, I know this was almost 70 years ago but, with the situation that has developed with the Johnson & Johnson single shot vaccine, I would rather wait until those problems have been alleviated.  Yeah, I’m old school and proud of it.

Second, this is America.  You have the right to choose as long as those choices don’t affect the well being of anyone else.  I would tell my American Government classes that “your rights stop when your fist meets someone’s jaw” and I still believe that is an excellent example of individual freedom.

With that being said, the problem is that gives people the right to make bad choices.  Citizens have the constitutional right to decide whether they should get vaccinated.  I agree wholeheartedly that getting vaccinated is the right thing to do, and I got both my Pfizer injections already, but athletes, or anyone else for that matter, should not be forced to get vaccinated especially if they have already been infected and have the antibodies.

Even though I believe not getting the vaccine is a dumb decision, you still have the right to be stupid here in the US of A.  And, my Buddy from one of the Five Boroughs, we both know you can’t fix stupid.

So, I’m talkin’ to you.  It would be extremely smart to get vaccinated against Covid but I can’t buy into making it a requirement for participation.  In my eyes, that just not the American way.

It’s time to take your “shot” at it.  I’m, as my Dad would always say, “hangin’ on your every word” so have at it.

Ok, Low Ball, I can see your rationale but that doesn’t mean I agree with it. And I agree that individuals have the right to choose if it doesn’t affect the well-being of another. But, that is the exact reason why they need to be inoculated. By getting the vaccine, people are helping not only themselves but those around them as well. Teammates need to help each other out and get that shot.

Low Ball, we can agree that trying to fix stupid is fruitless. But not getting the vaccine, to me, is shortsighted for anyone who can get it, in my opinion. This topic we are debating shouldn’t even be up for debate! C’mon, Low Ball! I got my vaccine on the first day it was available for me.

My military friends have been vaccinated over and over again for things they know, and things they don’t, and always without a choice. To keep the hardworking, brave military operatives safe, they are vaccinated for anything that poses a threat. To be fair, military personnel do currently have an option for the Covid-19 vaccine, but the expectation is that this option will be removed once there are enough shots available.

Low Ball, hang on these words, every Earthling should be vaccinated to rid the planet of this pandemic. I believe in free choice, but only when it doesn’t potentially impede on someone else’s ability to be safe.