Cole Beasley Refuses to get the COVID Vaccine: And he insists that he is not budging, even if it means retiring from the NFL. What is his reason for refusing to get the vaccine, though? And is his reason a legit one?
This morning I woke up, and one of the headlines I saw was that Cole Beasley, wide receiver for the buffalo bills, refuses to get the Covid vaccine, which is affecting his ability to participate in the OTAs this summer.
Cole Beasley Refuses to get the COVID Vaccine
Cole Beasley releases a statement last night on Twitter, and he says that he’s not vaccinated, and he pledges to quote, “Live my one life like I want to regardless. I’ll be outside doing what I do.
He wrote I’ll be out in public; if you’re scared of me, then steer clear or get vaccinated. I may die of covid, but I’d rather die actually living. I’m not gonna take meds for a leg that isn’t broken.”
There’s a difference between prophylaxis or preventative medicine and therapeutic medicine or treatment. Well, that’s where we get into preventative medicine; that’s prophylaxis. And this vaccine is all about preventing the bad outcome from happening.
“I’d rather take my chances with covid and build my immunity.”
That doesn’t make sense; I want to get the disease to prevent the disease. Then he talks about being healthy and doing what he can to make himself as healthy as possible to help reduce his chances of getting severe covid. He’s referring to building up his immunity, exercising, drinking water, eating healthy, all great, and most likely you do these things and your chances of having that outcome from covid.
We know that, for example, obesity, high blood pressure having diabetes, being a smoker, all these risk factors, of course, older age and also type A blood is a risk factor for having the bad outcome of covid. But all of those things that you can control. You can’t control aid, you can’t control your blood type, but exercising, eating healthy, getting good sleep are all very important. If you do those things, you’re less likely to have a bad outcome from covid.
However, when you compare that to the chances of something bad happening due to these mRNA vaccines with Pfizer or Moderna, it’s way smaller than that. So you’re looking at very small and incredibly small.
I don’t get why Cole Beasley refuses to get the vaccine; he says it’s for personal reasons. I have patients in my clinic; some of them don’t want to get the vaccine, my own mom doesn’t want to get the vaccine, she’s a very religious person, and she has her beliefs.
There’s really only one valid medical reason why someone shouldn’t get the vaccine is if they’re not in the category who’s eligible, so basically, young kids are not eligible to get the vaccine right now. But outside of that, if someone has a severe allergy history regarding getting a vaccine, more particularly if they have an allergic reaction or had an allergic reaction to some of the vaccine’s components. Now that could be a legit medical reason for not getting the covid vaccine. But outside of that, there’s no real legit medical reason for not getting these mRNA covid vaccines.
When it comes to Pfizer and the Moderna, millions of people have been vaccinated, and it’s incredibly rare for anything bad to happen. There have been several cases of people having allergic reactions where they went to the er, and then in the ER, they got treated for the allergic reaction. They didn’t require going to the intensive care unit with a breathing tube put down their throat. No one died.
I myself had the Pfizer vaccine other than a sore arm after the first one; there’s nothing else. After the second one is it is more common to have side effects after the second vaccine. I felt very tired, I felt very weak, I had some fevers and chills. Although my temperature was only 99. I ended up going to bed after taking some ibuprofen, and then the next morning, I felt fine.
Many people say that if others have had the vaccine, they shouldn’t have anything to worry about. That’s not the full story because the other variants of the covid, for example, the delta variant of the covid, are all across the globe now. It spread easier, more infectious, and more dangerous over time. That has the potential to overcome those who are vaccinated.
Doctor Mike Hansen, MD
Internal Medicine | Pulmonary Disease | Critical Care Medicine