Panthers’ Sam Darnold still mulling COVID-19 vaccine

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Sam Darnold is still thinking it over.

The former Jets quarterback, traded to the Carolina Panthers this offseason, told reporters he has yet to get the COVID-19 vaccine — and might not, at all.

“There’s a ton of different things that go into it,” Darnold said. “I’m gonna evaluate that on my own and make the best decision that I feel is the best for myself.”

NFL players are not required to get vaccinated, though teams that reach a threshold (85 percent) can relax protocols.

Darnold is far from alone in holding off on getting the jab, which has led to a large drop in cases across the country and is considered highly effective.

Washington’s Montez Sweat told media he’s not willing to get vaccinated.

“I’m not a fan of it,” Sweat said after Washington’s vaccine information session. “I probably won’t get vaccinated until I get more facts and all that type (of) stuff. I’m not a fan of it at all.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) gestures~
Sam Darnold is still judging whether or not he’ll get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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“I haven’t caught COVID yet. I don’t see me treating COVID until I actually get COVID.”

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen was on record as debating getting shots in April, though he has not spoken on the topic since.

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