Here's a quick Saturday read from the UK. Footballers are what we call soccer players here in the USA. Athletes here and abroad are being called conspiracy theorists for make their own informed consent decisions regarding the Covid vaccine. Recipients in their 20s are reported to have higher incidences of heart problems - and these footballers can surely read. Sweden, Denmark pause Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for younger age groups
If you depended on your body for your career, wouldn't you use your head, and think two or three times before making a decisions that could be career-ending? Of course, the implication is that these men are simply swayed by social media, ergo, dumb. As far as I have seen across Insta, FB, Twitter and TikTok, the push has been wall to wall Covid vaccine praise and pride. It has been quite something to see people wake up, hasn't it?
Gareth Southgate says that the age and social media use of footballers can make them “more open to some of these conspiracy theories” surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine, as he defended an apparent reluctance of players to speak out about the necessity of getting jabbed.
The England manager reasserted his own support for the vaccination programme, and earlier insisted that the take-up within his squad has been higher than perceived, but effectively admitted there had been a greater reticence discussed within the dressing room.
“Most of the players had to wait longer, a lot of them already caught the virus – and this is me theorising – maybe they feel they already have antibodies from that,” Southgate said.
“At their age they are more open to some of these conspiracy theories. Because they are reading social media more, they are perhaps vulnerable to those sorts of views. From what I can see, there is a bit of confusion around.
“And there are several different threads there to why they are choosing to be jabbed or not to speak publicly about it. I recognise why there would be criticism for that. As I’ve said all along, I don’t see a better way of getting through the pandemic than a vaccination programme.