The New York Jets acquired Joe Flacco via trade with the Eagles on Oct. 25th. Shortly after the New York Jets announced he would be the starter for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, the New York Jets quarterback revealed he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Flacco appearing in the interview room with a mask on prompted reporters to ask if he was vaccinated, since unvaccinated players must wear masks at all times when they are inside a team facility.
Flacco said he did not want the subject to be distracting toward the team.
“I definitely have my reasons,” Flacco commented. “I’d honestly like to talk about this topic more than anybody. It’s one of those things you debate all the time, but I’ve overall felt like it’s more of a distraction than anything. So I feel like to talk about it too much and give you all my beliefs is more of a distraction than anything. I think the most important thing is going to play a football game.”
“We all know what the rules are. So when those things happen, we’ve all been told what the protocols are, and we’re all following the protocols. Whether you believe it or not, it is what it is. If you want to go out there and play the game you love, you have to do what you have to do.”
According to OutKick’s Nick Geddes, “the NFL is implementing heightened COVID-19 protocols around Thanksgiving. The protocols include mandatory masking and testing of all players and staff twice a day after Thanksgiving. The NFL is encouraging teams to test players and staff visiting friends and family for the holiday.”
Social media had a lot to say about Flacco and his vaccination status.