'Great deal of uncertainty:' Brett Favre declines to reveal COVID-19 vaccination status
Brett Favre has decided to keep his vaccination status private.
"I'd rather not say one way or the other, but I think it's not my place to say get the vaccine or don't get the vaccine," Favre said. "I think that's a matter of choice by all individuals, and that's why we live in America."
The Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback went on CNN via Skype from Hattiesburg on Tuesday morning to discuss the dangers of children playing tackle football before age 14. He said he's speaking out against children playing tackle football because he's personally been affected by concussions, and he believes the situation is too hazardous for children.
After the Mississippi native talked about concussions, the followup was on another health-related issue with the COVID-19 vaccines. Favre was asked why he thinks some NFL players remain hesitant to take the vaccine four weeks away from the league's season-opener.
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"There's a great deal of uncertainty," Favre said. "You hear one thing one day and then you hear something totally different the next. ... We're sort of the human trials, if you will, and I think some people are frightened by that and the conflicting info that we're all getting."
The Atlanta Falcons, who drafted Favre in the second round in 1991 out of Southern Miss, announced it became the first team to be 100% vaccinated.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins, who plays for the Minnesota Vikings, another former team of Favre's, recently made headlines when he came off his team's "high-risk close contact" reserve/COVID-19 list, which means he's not vaccinated. Because he's remained hesitant about getting the vaccine, a Michigan hospital has cut ties with him over his recent comments.
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