WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, with his family, has decided to get vaccinated and is now a COVID-19 vaccine advocate.
- Kelce said that the decision was made to be safe, hoping to return to pre-pandemic life.
- The NFL has released new COVID-19 guidance.
A previous COVID-19 vaccine skeptic, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce now rallied behind getting the shots as he and his family will be doing so for their safety. Kelce has joined Walgreens ‘This Is Our Shot’ campaign in urging people to avail of the vaccines.
“I love being around family, (so) it was just kind of a family decision that if everybody got the vaccine, we would be able to be around each other safely and comfortably. So that was the biggest thing — it was huge for the family,” the tight end said, as reported by the Kansas City Star’s Sam McDowell.
“I was definitely hesitant, but it’s only here to help us, and I’m here to just spread the word to try and encourage everybody to get it,” he added.
For Kelce, being safe, comfortable, and hopeful that things will go back to normal was the main reason why he decided to be an advocate of the vaccine.
“I think what last year taught us was we were very fortunate to be able to get out and about and go to work and have these daily lives that we were taking for granted — at least I know I did,” the 31-year-old athlete said. “I was just fortunate to be able to still go to work, even if I was testing every single day for six months straight (or) sitting in Kansas City, not really being able to go anywhere.”
“I’m just glad that everything’s going to get back to normal here. I think this year is going to be absolutely nuts. I can already feel everybody getting back out in the community and the electricity the city’s bringing. Just being able to get back to each other, and I think this vaccine is only going to help make everybody safer and more comfortable to get back to daily life,” he continued.
Speaking with the Star, Coach Andy Reid said that the Chiefs were among the best NFL teams with highest vaccination rates.
Last week, the league released its new COVID-19 guidance, stating that fully-vaccinated players can work and live their lives as usual. They do not need to undergo COVID-19 testing daily, wear face masks or observe proper social distancing. They also do not need to go on self-isolation should they get exposed to the virus.
Players who are not yet vaccinated, on the other hand, would still need to follow protocols. They are not allowed join teammates during eating sessions and unable to leave the hotel’s premises during road games.