Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson admitted he was noncommittal on getting a COVID-19 vaccine after recovering from the coronavirus twice in the past eight months. Jackson will take his time before deciding whether or not to take a vaccine.
"I just got off the COVID list," Jackson said after Monday's practice when asked if he would get the vaccine. "I got to talk to my team about this and see how they feel about it. Keep learning as much as I can about it.
We'll go from there." Jackson was asked does that mean that he is thinking about getting vaccinated. "We'll see," Jackson said. "Talking to the doctors. We'll see." Jackson feels getting a vaccine is a personal decision and his current focus is get back into shape and be at his best for the start of the regular season.
"I feel it's a personal decision," Jackson said. "I'm just going to keep my feelings to my family and myself. I'm focused on getting better right now. I can't dwell on that right now ... how everybody else feels.
Just trying to get back to the right routine."
Jackson reveals his reaction after testing positive
Jackson admitted he was heartbroken after testing positive for the coronavirus just before the start of training camp.
In "What the ... again?" Jackson said, cracking a smile. "It was crazy. I was heartbroken. I wasn't looking forward to that at all. Right before camp ... not again, not right now." Jackson insists he is not worried about long-term effects of COVID-19.
"I'm taking it day by day right now," he said. "I'm just glad to be back. I'm just glad to be back with my guys." Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen got a massive extension but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh insists it won't impact Jackson's situation in Baltimore.
"Nothing's changed in a sense of, it'll happen when it's going to happen [and] when it's best for both sides to happen. Both sides want it to happen," Harbaugh said. "There's really not a hurry on it.
Lamar is going to be our quarterback for many years to come. We want him and he wants us. We're focused on what's important now, which is a good practice. That kind of a question isn't relative to what we're trying to do right now."
Jackson insists he is not worried about a new deal. "I'm not worried about it," Jackson said about a new deal. "I'm just trying to work at getting better right now. I just got off COVID. I'm worried about my teammates. We're trying to get somewhere. Time will come about that."