The New York Mets had their entire regular-season opening series versus the Washington Nationals postponed due to fears that the Nationals may be dealing with a "major" COVID-19 outbreak. That hasn't caused Mets third baseman J.D. Davis to begin counting down the days until he can be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
J.D. Davis says he doesn't know if he will get the COVID-19 vaccine. Says he hasn't really thought about it.— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) April 2, 2021
The Mets have privately surveyed players over the past couple of days to get a head count and see if they can pass the 85% threshold that will relax their protocols.
J.D. Davis said he hasn't thought about whether he'll get a COVID-19 vaccine.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) April 2, 2021
"It's a personal preference and everybody has their own choice of doing so," he said, noting that he wants to be sensitive to those who have struggled with/died from the disease.
Reports emerged earlier in the week that MLB plans to relax COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for clubs with at least 85% of Tier 1 players vaccinated. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt initially admitted he wasn't sure his club would hit the 85% mark due to players potentially avoiding available vaccines.
As Zachary Silver of the official MLB website noted, the Cardinals reached 85% by Wednesday night.
Per Newsday's Tim Healey, Davis and Mets manager Luis Rojas added:
Regarding MLB's incentive to get vaccinated — relaxed protocols of 85% of the team gets it — Davis said the Mets are a tight-knit group and focused on baseball.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) April 2, 2021
"Guys aren’t really getting the itch to go out and mingle," he said.
Luis Rojas said the Mets are waiting till they are eligible before getting a COVID-19 vaccine.— Tim Healey (@timbhealey) April 2, 2021
(Every member of the organization is eligible beginning Tuesday.)
This weekend would have been idea with the resulting layoff, but teams do need to follow the eligibility requirements. Players with qualifying conditions have been eligible much earlier, however. https://t.co/7EarfrPlQp— David Lennon (@DPLennon) April 2, 2021
Citi Field, home of the Mets, was used as a COVID-19 vaccination site during the offseason.
The Mets will now start the campaign on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Luis Rojas: "We want to play this weekend, but it's an unfortunate situation happening here. I shared our sympathies with the Nationals. It could happen to anybody. But our point of focus has got to shift to Philly. And that's what we're getting ready for right now."— Deesha (@DeeshaThosar) April 2, 2021