The New York Mets had their entire season-opening series against the Washington Nationals postponed due to COVID-19 issues impacting the Nationals. Nevertheless, Mets third baseman J.D. Davis raised eyes on Friday when he suggested he wasn't sure if he would receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot as soon as he was eligible.
According to team president Sandy Alderson, Davis isn't alone among Mets members experiencing "hesitation" as it pertains to receiving vaccines. Alderson added on Monday that the Mets want "to get as many players as possible vaccinated."
The Mets have set up education on vaccines from medical professionals in Philadelphia to speak with the team:— SNY (@SNYtv) April 5, 2021
"There has been some hesitation on the part of some players. We want to get as many players as possible vaccinated" pic.twitter.com/WNec1TTRsO
Thus far, none of the so-called "big four" North American professional sports leagues, MLB included, are mandating that players and other personnel must get immunized to participate in seasons. However, MLB has informed teams that COVID-19 health and safety guidelines can be relaxed if 85% of a club's Tier 1 traveling party becomes vaccinated.
Members of the Milwaukee Brewers recently took part in a public service announcement promoting the safety of vaccines.
The Mets begin the campaign Monday evening at the Philadelphia Phillies.