Washington Coach Ron Rivera: Everyone Should Get The Coronavirus Vaccine

No coach around the NFL has been more vocal about health care than Washington top man Ron Rivera. It’s not been a surprise to see Rivera bringing up the current pandemic situation in his press conference, no matter the circumstances.

Rivera and Washington had a rookie minicamp over the weekend, and prior to Saturday’s practice, he once again spoke about the health care situation and the coronavirus vaccine.

The outspoken coach said he believes it’s no different from vaccines for diseases such as polio, chickenpox and smallpox.

“You have got to get those to be safe going forward. Why would we avoid wanting to get the coronavirus vaccine? I hope people go out there and get these vaccinations so we can return to normal,” Rivera said.

“It was cool today not having to worry about putting a mask on. I still put it on out of respect and caution for those who have to wear it.”

Rivera has been one of the most vocal coaches in the NFL when it comes to the corona vaccine. He feels that taking it is the right thing for people to do.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Comparing COVID-19 (which doesn’t really exist anymore, but iterations thereof definitely do), a coronavirus that is highly mutative and in a family of viruses we will never eradicate, to smallpox, is ridiculous, and a perfect illustration of everything wrong with these discussions. That said, if Ron wants to encourage people to take the “vaccine” (they aren’t vaccines, they’re gene therapy treatments, but I digress), he should, and those who want to take it should listen and do so, and those who don’t should ignore him and not. People should be free to say whatever they want, and we should be free to do as much or as little with that information as we chose. The free exchange of information isn’t complicated…

  2. It would be the same if we have had long-term studies and trials done on both the virus and vaccine. My confidence level in both the virulence of Covid and the effectiveness of the gene therapy shots to combat it supposed virulence is essentially zero.

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