Publish date:

Vikings owners 'very concerned' about unvaccinated players

Overall, the NFL has rather healthy vaccination rates.
Author:
Kirk Cousins

How many Vikings players haven't been vaccinated for COVID-19? The exact number or even a ballpark number is unclear, but The Athletic's Chad Graff reported Tuesday that the Vikings own one of the NFL's lowest vaccination rates. 

On Tuesday, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported that 90% of the league's players had received at least one vaccine dose. KSTP's Darren Wolfson reports that the Vikings have the NFL's lowest rate, with 70% receiving one dose and 64.% fully vaccinated. 

Bring Me The News has asked the Vikings to confirm those numbers. 

The bigger deal, perhaps, is that Graff, citing sources, says five Vikings starters haven't been vaccinated. Kirk Cousins is one of the five by default since he's on a five-day minimum quarantine after being considered a high risk, close contact of quarterback Kellen Mond, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. 

Mond is sick from COVID-19, according to Purple Insider's Matthew Coller, who attended Tuesday's press conference with offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak. 

Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf also spoke Tuesday, saying he's "very concerned" about players who are hesitant to get the vaccine. 

"Well, we’re very concerned. I think it’s safe to say our number one priority is the health and safety of our players, our coaches, our staff and ultimately the entire community," Wilf said, according to ESPN's Courtney Cronin. 

Players who are vaccinated do not need to quarantine, so Cousins clearly hasn't received a vaccine. The four other starters Graff cited are unknown, though wide receiver Adam Thielen and safety Harrison Smith hadn't been vaccinated as recently as mid-June. 

"There's quite a few guys that are just against it. I'm not going to be able to change their mind ... it's like half the country, I guess," head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday.

"These guys, some of them just won't do it. I shouldn't say it, but some of the things they've read are just, woof, out there," Zimmer added. "It's their belief, so whatever they've heard or read or been told, or maybe they don't believe what Dr. [Allen] Sills and the NFL is telling them. I don't know."

Next Up

police lights

Man surrenders after 12-hour standoff at Eagan home

There was a SWAT response early Sunday morning.

Greg Joseph

Vikings radio call thought kick in Arizona was good

From jubilation to devastation in a moment.

pixabay-pain-pills

St. Paul police report 7 suspected overdoses in 24 hours

The department reported that two of the suspected overdoses were fatal.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings miss game-winning field goal, fall to 0-2

Greg Joseph's chip shot attempt as time expired spoiled a late comeback.

Jose Berrios

Berríos leads Blue Jays in first start against Twins

Berríos got the win on Sunday but could the Twins win the deal down the road?

motorcycle

Crash in southern Minnesota kills motorcyclist

The crash happened Saturday at Highway 42 and County Road 14 in Highland Township.

Oli Udoh

Vikings-Cardinals: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings need a win in the desert but will they get one on Sunday?

Kyler Murray

How can the Vikings stop Kyler Murray?

The Cardinals quarterback accounted for five touchdowns against the Titans.

Red's Pizza in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

'Landmark' Wisconsin pizza joint to close amid worker shortage

The restaurant has been a local favorite since 1957.

Related

Osterholm

Osterholm speaks to Vikings about importance of getting vaccinated

The Vikings reportedly have one of the lowest vaccination rates in the NFL.

Mike Zimmer

Zimmer on unvaccinated players: 'Some of the things they've read are just, woof, out there'

The coach says he's doesn't understand why some players won't get vaccinated.

Kirk Cousins

Cousins' hometown hospital cuts him as spokesperson over vaccine stance

The hospital says it is "committed to providing accurate, timely health information and guidance."

Harrison Smith

Zimmer says his unvaccinated players will have 'harder time' this season

Vaccinated players will experience a more normal 2021 season.

Mike Zimmer

Vaccinations remain a hot topic as Vikings report to training camp

How could unvaccinated players alter the Vikings season?