BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Speaking to the media Tuesday as the Buffalo Bills begin organized team activities in Orchard Park, quarterback Josh Allen said team conversations on the COVID-19 vaccine will stay in-house.
"I know vaccines are going to be a hot topic really throughout the remainder of the season, and we're having conversations as a team, and I'm going to keep those conversations and choices of myself and my teammates in-house," said Allen.
While appearing on a podcast with Kyle Brandt earlier this year Allen said he was still debating on whether to receive the vaccine and said everybody should have a choice. On Tuesday he said the team was letting everyone make their own personal decision.
"We're letting everybody make their own personal decision on this matter," Allen said.
When speaking to the media earlier Tuesday Bills head coach Sean McDermott also said he would keep the team's COVID-19 vaccine conversations in-house. Although, he did say he was "concerned" of the possibility the team wouldn't meet a specific threshold of vaccinated individuals to return to "normal."
McDermott on if the team has discussed vaccine protocols: I know what I did, I know why I chose the route that I chose [getting vaccinated]........I’ll keep the conversations I’ve had with the team respectfully inside the building for now— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) May 25, 2021
The NFL previously announced updated guidance for vaccinated individuals which includes:
- Weekly testing instead of daily testing
- No re-entry testing after travel
- No quarantine if identified as a high-risk close contact
Here’s the full NFL memo, which says league and NFLPA medical experts will monitor the impact of these changes and consider additional modifications as vaccination levels increase. Fourteen teams have already held vaccination events. pic.twitter.com/OMVa2AjqoV— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 23, 2021