Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians sends message to players: ‘Get vaccinated’ for COVID-19

While at least one team, the Washington Football Team, brought in an expert to talk to players about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said he doesn't feel the need to.

"No, I'm the specialist," he said Thursday after the final practice of the team's three-day minicamp.

Washington brought in Harvard immunologist Kizzmekia S. Corbett on Tuesday night to talk about the benefits of getting the vaccine, as some of the team's players — including defensive end Montrez Sweat — expressed concern about getting the injection.

"I’m not a fan of it at all," Sweat said Wednesday. "I won’t get vaccinated until I get more facts. I haven’t caught COVID yet, so I don’t see me treating COVID until I actually get COVID."

In Tampa, Arians said that he didn't believe his players are opposed to the vaccine but rather that they lack the motivation.

"I haven't spoken to anybody that's resisted it," Arians continued. "They're just too lazy to get one."

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