Josh Allen’s comments on COVID-19 vaccine spark controversy

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is uncertain if he will get a COVID-19 vaccination or not.

When asked by NFL analyst Kyle Brandt on The Ringer‘s 10 Questions with Kyle Brandt podcast about if he will receive a COVID-19 vaccination or not, Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had quite the response.

Allen is still debating on if getting a vaccination is the right thing for him. While he is young and very much in his athletic prime, this is a virus that has taken the lives of over 570,000 people in the United States of America since the global pandemic started. Though Allen says he will look at the data and use logic to make the best decision for himself, he is also a franchise quarterback.

Allen mentioned there are freedoms associated with the United States’ Constitution. That is fine to believe firmly in what rights the Constitution offers all Americans, but he must understand what position he plays and for what team. Him being hesitant on getting a vaccine may come across as trivializing the importance of getting the virus under control, especially to his fanbase.

Josh Allen’s non-committal nature towards the COVID-19 vaccine is controversial

While it is his choice to got get a vaccine or not, there are consequences that come along with either action. There could be members of Bills Mafia, residents of Western New York or NFL fans in general who are on the fence about getting a vaccine, too. While everybody should be able to make their own decision over this matter, Allen is in a position where he can influence thousands.

To enroll in K-12 school, a child will need to have a series of vaccinations. The same principle applies at many major universities in the country. President Joe Biden has said the vaccine should be available to any American who wants one by the end of May. Though millions of Americans will not end up getting it, stars like Allen need to understand their platform and how serious this is.

Allen can do whatever he wants regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, but there are consequences, too.

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