Washington Wizards star guard Bradley Beal insists he plans to get vaccinated but remains unvaccinated heading into training camp due to personal reasons. "I don't feel pressure [to get vaccinated]," Beal said on Monday.
"I don't think you can pressure anybody into making a decision about their body or what they put into their body. We can have this discussion about a lot of different topics besides vaccines too. You can't necessarily force anybody or kind of say it's time for a vaccine.
I think you kind of let people come into their own about it. If they do their research when they feel comfortable, they do it. "I definitely think about it, for sure," he continued. "With the guidelines that the league makes and everything, the protocols they're doing, it kind of makes it difficult on us to where they kind of force us in a way to want to get it.
At the end of the day, I talk it over with my family and we make a decision what's best for us."
Beal had some questions during media day
Beal isn't against the vaccine but he asked why vaccinated people could still get infected.
"I would like an explanation to people with vaccines, why are they still getting COVID?" Beal asked. "If that is something that [vaccinated individuals] are supposed be highly protected from, like it's funny that it only reduces your chances of going to the hospital.
Doesn't eliminate anybody from getting COVID. Right?" ".. So you can still get COVID," Beal added. "And you can still pass it along with the [vaccination] right? I am just asking the question." Beal was out for 13 days during the last season after entering the health sna safety protocol.
This past summer, Beal was unable to represent Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics after entering the health and safety protocols. Beal was asked if that changed his views on the vaccine. "No, that wasn't the case," Beal said.
"Yeah I had it but that doesn't mean I can't get it again. It is no different than with somebody with the vaccine. Yes, I developed the antibodies for it so my chances would be less likely now as well, right? But still a possibility I may get it. Just like there are players and coaches and staff who are [vaccinated] and missing camp because of it right now."