Reports emerged late last month that the NFL and NFL Players Association intend to "eliminate a number of significant restrictions" related to COVID-19 for vaccinated players, coaches, staff members and other personnel.
According to Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News, that has not yet convinced Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen to receive a shot as quickly as possible.
"I don't know," Allen said about getting an available vaccine on a recent edition of the "10 Questions With Kyle Brandt" podcast. "I'm still debating that. I'm a big statistics and logical guy, so if statistics show that it's the right thing for me to do, I'd do it. Again, I'd go lean the other way, too, if that's what it said. I haven't been paying attention to it as much maybe as I should have. But I've just been doing my thing and masking up when I'm going out and just staying close and hanging around the family."
Thus far, none of the so-called "big four" North American professional leagues are requiring players to receive vaccinations to participate in seasons. Allen is in favor of this approach.
"I think everybody should have that choice to do it or not to do it," the signal-caller said. "You get in this tricky situation now where, if you do mandate that, that's kind of going against what our constitution says and the freedom to kind of express yourself one way or the other. I think we're in a time where that's getting a lot harder to do. I don't know.
"Everybody should have that choice whether you think you should do it or you shouldn't do it. That's your own beliefs. And if you want to do it to protect you and your family, do it by all means and, again, if you're on the other side of the spectrum, too, I believe you should have that choice as well."
The New York Mets underwent a COVID-19 vaccine education course on Tuesday after team president Sandy Alderson told reporters on Monday that some players were showing "hesitation" toward receiving shots. New York has scheduled vaccinations for players and other personnel at Citi Field on Thursday.
MLB has informed clubs that COVID-19 restrictions may be loosened if 85% of a team's traveling party gets vaccinated.