Florida’s Dan Mullen Will NOT Mandate That His Players Get COVID Vaccine

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COVID-19 vaccinations will soon be available to young adults in the state of Florida, but University of Florida football coach Dan Mullen is leaving the decision about whether to get it entirely up to his players.

“It’s not going to be a mandatory deal,” Mullen told the media. “It’s an individual deal. We’ll do meetings educating players, families and going through the process to get them all the information of what they need to know for them to make their decisions.”

Multiple coaches around the country have already received vaccines, including several coaches whose teams compete in the SEC. Among them are Kirby Smart of Georgia and his assistants, who were all photographed while receiving their shots.

The state of Florida reported a mere 6,000 new cases on Saturday.

The Gators finished 8-4 overall last season, including 8-2 in the SEC. They then suffered a 55-20 pummeling against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl to end the year.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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    • You seriously think the vaccine is worthless? I’m all for Coach Mullen’s decision to let his players choose. If they don’t want to get a vaccine, who cares, more power to them. That’s reasonable and democratic. But why the extreme “worthless shot” comment? Maybe you were kidding… You can respect someone’s decision not to get the vaccine, while also simultaneously recognizing the fact that it’s effective.

      • I’m thinking he means ‘worthless’ to this age group. 20 yr old DIV 1 athletes are pretty safe so why take a vaccine when your 99.9% going to recover from it? Also, you can still get it and give it albeit with less potency But I’ll let Austin clarify.

        • It’s not really about survivability. It’s about 20-somethings and everyone else not contracting the virus and then spreading it to more vulnerable people i.e. the .02% that could die from it, which is still thousands more people. After full vaccination (depending on the type of vaccine), the chances of one contracting/spreading the virus reduces by roughly 90-98%. I’d call that effective, and necessary for college kids. I’m not really trying to argue with you guys here, I’m just saying there is a middle ground. Not sure spreading the idea that the vaccine is worthless is a fruitful one.

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