It’s all about the narrative. This shouldn’t even be a news story. If the American media had done its job, researched and talked to the athletes, maybe they would have understood what goes into training for a worldwide sporting event like this. Olympic athletes are there to compete to win. Period. A vaccine, especially an unnecessary one, isn’t part of the program. Nobody remembers when this started that there were curing therapeutics in place.
The vaccine has no place here
The swimmer Michael Andrews is one of almost 100 Olympians that chose not to get the vaccine. Most of them, 83%, have been vaccinated. Dr. Jonathan Finnoff is the chief medical officer for the Olympic committee, he said most, 567 athletes out of 613 have turned in a medical form.
They were then called selfish. Well, they have to be. They need to watch out for themselves because nobody else will. Whatever happened to “my body, my choice”?
The vaccine protects against a curable virus
Some of their teammates have chosen to be vaccinated. Those teammates are protected. What if the unvaccinated athlete is willing to take the risk of contracting COVID and passing away? That’s their option to take that risk, is it not?
Ironically, the athletes have probably shown more respect for science than the average journalist. They’re training, keeping themselves in shape, on an Olympic level. How many journalists at least get out and walk regularly?
The vaccine rate in Japan
Is done according to what that nation sees fit. At least one nation never even locked down, but their COVID numbers were the same as those nations that DID lockdown.
Andrews holds the current American swimming record in the 100 meter breaststroke. He said he’s actually had COVID so he has natural immunity. To him it makes sense to not get vaccinated. “I am not fully vaccinated, I’m not vaccinated. My reason behind it is, for one, it was kind of a last moment, I didn’t want to put anything in my body that I didn’t know how I would potentially react to.
As an athlete on the elite level, everything you do is very calculated and understood. For me, in the training cycle, especially leading up to trials, I didn’t want to risk any days out. There were periods where you take a vaccine, you have to deal with some days off.”