Head coach Bill Belichick knows how to make everyone talk, and this time the NFL world took notice of his comments on COVID vaccination. The whole thing started with the release of veteran quarterback Cam Newton. The Patriots cut him a few days ago and a lot of analysts believe this has something to do with his immunization. Or the lack of it.
Of course, the Patriots head coach said vaccines didn’t play role in the outcome of the quarterback battle. This wasn’t enough to convince experts. Belichick switched the focus right away and started talking about vaccines and their impact on the league.
Coach B said that a lot of coaches and players got COVID despite the fact that they had received both doses.
“I would just point out that I don’t know what the number is, but the number of players, coaches and staff members that have been infected by COVID in this training camp — who have been vaccinated — is a pretty high number. So I wouldn’t lose sight of that,” Belichick said.
Bill Belichick gets educated on COVID vaccination
These comments didn’t sit well with experts in medicine. NFL’s chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills decided to “teach” Belichick a lesson. This was probably a lesson to those who trash the efficacy of COVID-19 jabs.
“We released our data last week from the first three weeks of August, and that data has consistently shown higher rates of infection in unvaccinated players than in vaccinated players. That was true at intake when they first came into training camp and it was true during that first three-week period of August that we released.
“From a medical perspective, those of us in the medical field, go to any major medical center in the country and as you walk around, those patients who are hospitalized, those who are in the ICU, you see the evidence the vaccines are working.
“We know that vaccines are working. What we are seeing are some vaccinated people who test positive. But their illness tends to be very short and very mild, and that’s exactly what the vaccines were designed to do. Let’s all remember the vaccines were designed to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death. They’re doing a terrific job of that so far, not only in the NFL where we haven’t seen any serious cases but in society as a whole.
“I think we will continue to see some people who are vaccinated test positive but again, with very mild symptoms, short duration of illness and good outcomes.”
Newton got COVID-19 last season and had to miss some time on the field. We believe his release has something to do with his attitude and the game. Belichick prefers players who act differently.