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Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson Noncommittal On Vaccine Despite Second Covid Infection

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at August 9, 2021

Topline

Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback and face of the franchise, was noncommittal when asked by reporters on Monday if he would get vaccinated against Covid-19 after being infected with the virus twice in the past eight months. 

Key Facts

In his first press conference since testing positive on July 27, Jackson said he would talk to his teammates about potentially getting his first vaccine dose “and see how they feel about it. Keep learning as much as I can about it. We’ll go from there.”

When questioned as to why he had not yet gotten his shot, Jackson responded, “It’s a personal decision,” adding, “I’m just going to keep my feelings to my family and myself.”

Jackson intimated he might consider getting vaccinated at some point, stating he would “talk to the doctors,” but said he “can’t dwell on that right now.” 

Jackson asserted he wasn’t worried about the long-term respiratory effects of the virus.

Tangent:

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called for Jackson to get vaccinated in an interview with WBAL Radio in Baltimore last week. “Lamar’s gotta get [vaccinated],” Hogan said. “With the rules the NFL put down, I can’t imagine a team wanting to forfeit a game or lose a chance at the playoffs and none of the players getting paid because someone won’t get a vaccine.” Last month, the NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams, which ramped up pressure on players to get inoculated by declaring clubs that experience a Covid-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players will be forced to forfeit any game that can’t be rescheduled.

Key Background:

Jackson, 24, ascended to stardom in 2019 when he joined Tom Brady as just the second unanimous MVP in NFL history. Last season, he tested positive for Covid-19 on Thanksgiving and missed the Ravens’ Week 12 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was one of 20 Baltimore players who spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list during the 2020 campaign, which included an outbreak that led to at least one player testing positive on 10 consecutive days from late November to early December. Jackson tested positive for the second time late last month, just five days after the start of training camp. Speaking with reporters Saturday, coach John Harbaugh said Jackson “got hit pretty hard” and “had a lot of symptoms.” On Monday, Jackson acknowledged he felt fatigued during quarantine and slept a lot as a result. 

What To Watch For:

The Ravens play the New Orleans Saints this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. EST in their preseason opener. 

Big Number:

90%. That’s the percentage of Ravens players that had been vaccinated by the first week of training camp. Baltimore’s entire coaching staff had been fully vaccinated by June. 

Further Reading:

NFL Players’ Rep: League Is Trying To Shame Unvaccinated Players With ‘Scarlet Marking’ Wristbands (Forbes) 

Maryland governor urges Lamar Jackson to get vaccinated (Fox News)

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, ‘hit pretty hard’ by COVID infection, impresses in camp debut (Baltimore Sun)

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