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As the Bucs continue to climb in vaccination percentage, running back Leonard Fournette continues to gather information before making a decision on the COVID vaccine.

“We’re almost there,” Fournette said in regards to getting the vaccine. “I want to make sure that I don’t jeopardize the team, also myself. Still talking to the doctors. We’re on it. The more we talk about it, the more information I find about it, I get more comfortable with it.”

 

Weeks ago, the veteran running back spoke out against getting the vaccine in a tweet. The tweet was prompted after the leagues new COVID guidelines were released. Fournette deleted the tweet, which read “Vaccine, I can’t do it”, shortly after posting it. Fournette backtracked three days later during a media session, saying he was still gathering information.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said on August 1 that he expects 92 percent of the team to be fully vaccinated by August 13. Arians says he expects to be closer to 98-100 percent vaccinated before the first game of the season.

Fournette and fellow running back Ronald Jones are in a competition to be the Bucs starting running back. With the release of the official depth charts today, it appears Jones has the leg up on the starting job.

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J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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WVBuc
WVBuc(@wvbuc)
3 months ago

Dark days.

MCBRICKEL
MCBRICKEL(@mcbrickel)
3 months ago

High probability it will keep me out of the hospital.
It won’t jeopardize my pay checks.
It will help protect my teammates and coaches.
The medical industry and regulators have encouraged it.
The majority of US citizens, particularly the most educated, have gotten one.
I just don’t know.

Eddie
Eddie(@oct62020)
Reply to  MCBRICKEL
3 months ago

Good one, here is one more. Millions of people from other countries are desperately waiting for vaccines after seeing their family members suffered horrible death. And we are lucky to have it anytime we want.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
3 months ago

At this point it’s just pure ignorance. U play a team sport that puts priority on getting vaccine to protect all involved. U risk ur paycheck and ultimately ur career. People have made stupider decisions with less on the line. Just get the damn shot so we can put this dreaded pandemic behind us. It just could save ur life. Go Bucs!

sunshineben
sunshineben(@sunshineben)
Reply to  bucballer
3 months ago

Is the shot approved by the .f d. a. for everyone yet? It’s not ignorance to disagree but a difference of opinion .

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  sunshineben
3 months ago

It’s not just a difference of opinion if the choice could potentially cost u ur life. The person u should be listening to and getting advice, as far as the issue of getting the vaccine or not is ur primary care physician. Talk with him or her. They will give u the latest and greatest on the virus, it’s mutations, and the efficacy of the vaccine. U don’t want to base ur decision on the opinions of us Pewter Report posters. Having said that, ur doctor will promote u getting the vaccine for ur own safety and the safety of… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  sunshineben
3 months ago

It’s been approved by the FDA on an emergency basis. So what? 2/3 of all new positive cases come from people who r unvaccinated! Fact! Please get vaccinated people. It’s the only way we will put this terrible virus behind us.

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
3 months ago

This isn’t rocket science pal and it sure isn’t learning organic chemistry.
It shouldn’t take you more than a day to look at the facts and make a decision.
Maybe this is why you are listed on the depth chart as second team

ussoldier77
ussoldier77(@ussoldier77)
3 months ago

I am not anti-vax at all, however the talking points are completely false. Getting the vaccine DOES NOT prevent or even lessen your chance of contracting COVID 19. So saying that you should help to “protect your team mates” is simply a play on words. At best, the vaccine will help THE INDIVIDUAL should they contract COVID 19, it has ZERO to do with their susceptibility to contracting it.
Also, given the above, everyone will be tested and everyone has the same opportunity to contracting it and being unavailable for the team.

eaustinyoung
eaustinyoung(@eaustinyoung)
Reply to  ussoldier77
3 months ago

Agreed. This is what everyone misses. Vaccinated people are still carriers.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  eaustinyoung
3 months ago

Nope – the vaccinated carry only the most minuscule virus load even when heavily exposed to another virus carrier.
No vaccine can ever completely shut the door and totally prevent any viruses from entering your body. But the effective ones – and the two mrna vaccines are by far the most effective vaccines in human history – prevent those virus from getting a foothold in your body and causing any symptoms or multiplying enough to become a carriers.

Proven facts, via hard hard hard data to day.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 months ago

That’s not factually correct at all. The vaccinated can carry as much virus and spread it as well. Not sure where you are getting your “facts”. Also J&J is approx 37% effective against Delta. Other 2 are about 40%. The over 90% was for native strain that is gone! last I checked it’s free country and he can decide. Also vaccinated we’re making up 11% of hospitalized. Now it’s over 20%. You can blame unvaccinated all you want but that’s BS the vaccine isn’t working very well on a variants period. The vaccine is not as good as natural immunity… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  fredster
3 months ago

BS! Just get the shot! Quit trying to give people reasons why they shouldn’t get the shot. The shot just might prevent u from dying. So there’s that…

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 months ago

In another dispiriting setback for the nation’s efforts to stamp out the coronavirus, scientists who studied a big COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts concluded that vaccinated people who got so-called breakthrough infections carried about the same amount of the coronavirus as those who did not get the shots.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  ussoldier77
3 months ago

Vaccination most certainly does fantastically lessen one’s chances of contracting the disease. The two mrna vaccines both provide mid-90s percent protection from contracting COVID.

And the vaccines also provide, per the most recent CDC data this week, greater than 99.9994% protection from either serious illness requiring hospitalization or death.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  ussoldier77
3 months ago

Stop with the bullshit! Just get the damn shot! U can’t this! It won’t that! Just get the shot already! It may just help save ur life!

Horse
Horse(@horse)
3 months ago

This is what happens when a third of the country is being fed misinformation for many months.
It’s a vaccine;it’s not going to hurt you. How stupid are these people. This does not have anything to do with your rights; it has to do with saving human being lives and and helping them if they do catch the virus it won’t be as severe. It will help your antibodies not hurt it.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
3 months ago

I understand vaccine skepticism. The people who are the idiots are those who simply oppose vaccines for political or ideological reasons, and close their minds to the scientific facts and data.

Fournette is willing to be convinced, as he said so himself. So he is not a moron.

I watched a video report on my local TV station in Fort Myers yesterday, interviewing a local woman who stated unequivocally that there could never possibly be any information that could ever convince her to take the vaccine.

She belongs on the proverbial poster marked “IDIOT!!!”

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  Naplesfan
3 months ago

It’s just sad actually. Trying to politicize a vaccine that just might save ur life is just awful. These same arguments against were similar to the polio vaccine hesitancy way back when. This is not a Democrat or Republican virus. It’s a public health PANDEMIC! It’s not a surprise that the citizenry is confused. The Government and Public health experts can’t even agree.

Action Jackson 72
Action Jackson 72(@pwilly13)
3 months ago

“Still gathering information,” is the new “It is what it is.”

Last edited 3 months ago by Action Jackson 72
buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW(@buccaneernw)
3 months ago

What more fucking information do you need? Pay fucking attention! 99.5% of those dying from Covid are unvaccinated (boobs). There is very little evidence of serious side effects in anything but an extremely small percentage of shots. The vaccines are extraordinarily safe and effective. Jeezus, this is just pure ignorance to not be getting vaccinated.

fredster
fredster(@fredster)
Reply to  buccaneerNW
3 months ago

Not true dumbass. I have a family friend right now on ventilator 48 years old with J&J fully vaccinated. You don’t know what your talking about. Your 99.5% is bullshit! There are over 4000 dead from that vaccine and tens of thousands with horrible side effects. It is not safe and you can shove it right up your ass. It’s personal decision and if you recovered from Delta you are protected better than the vaccine and do not need it.hospitals are ranging 20-50% admitted being vaccinated.

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  fredster
3 months ago

Wrong again! 2/3 of all positive new cases r from unvaccinated people! Please stop passing on faulty info and ask ur primary care physician about the latest CoVid and it’s variants. It just might safe ur life.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW(@buccaneernw)
Reply to  fredster
3 months ago

You’re regurgitating disinformation. Please share your documentation of horrible side effects and deaths, or are those “Tucker facts”? 🤣🤣🤣
600K+ have died from Covid.
99.5% is an actual documented fact. Like not conspiracy “facts” like you apparently believe.
Getting vaccinated during a pandemic is not a personal decision. It is a routine public health requirement in a civilized society.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
3 months ago

My goodness I had no idea we had so many medical experts here. I thought most Pewter Report commenters were NFL general managers and coaches. Seems nowadays people jump at any chance to get political and spew “their truth” to the “stupid people” even though an issue like a pandemic should have some measure of commonality. It’s clear that people base their opinions on a predictable agenda that isn’t necessarily the only voice from the science community, that for the last 18+ months has been anything but a consistent message. Hard to “follow the science” when it heads off in… Read more »

Dbuc63
Dbuc63(@dbuc63)
Reply to  scubog
3 months ago

Hey Scubog- Watch out don’t be rational or objective. I have and unfortunately for some time travel all over the world more so than around our nation. Family time is precious. Being that I’m away I can tell you my observation from other countries on the vaccine. ((Only what I observe and from what people say to me)). As a whole (some countries more than others) there are a significant amount of people against being forced to take the vaccine. I’m not around here alot and I don’t listen to fake news. (Fox, MSDNC, CCN) so not sure how that… Read more »

Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  scubog
3 months ago

Scubog, a little surprised on your comment. What is up setting to me is Fournette willingness to possibly expose his team mates, organization, and a higher risk to change the the come for this season. This really is a no brainer to get a shot and where a mask. No this is not political at all; it’s science. I got my shots in early January and about to get a booster shot soon from the VA. Out of respect for human mankind I will still where a mask for awhile.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
Reply to  Horse
3 months ago

Love ya Horse, but to think this hasn’t become political is a bit naive. Which science? There are a lot of medical folks who acknowledge the mask’s protective limitations………especially with the haphazard way they are often worn. As “Baby Boomers” our mothers took us all to the doctor to get shots in the butt without hesitation. In the military they lined us up and stuck us with a half dozen needles at once with the same vaccines we had as youngsters. It was all required without exception. Long before COVID, we had parents who chose not to vaccinate their children.… Read more »

Eddie
Eddie(@oct62020)
3 months ago

Here is another reason. It would turn you into a chimpanzee or make you a better running back. But it will much reduce your chance of getting COVID which will significantly reduce your chance of being a 1st string Running back.

Jmo63
Jmo63(@diablo)
3 months ago

Funny how you all are worried about one man who is free to stand up for his right to decide for himself. Calling him a killer and selfish. Why don’t you A****les go and protest the DUMB-ASS KILLER occupying the white house? He is letting tens of thousands upon tens of thousands of illegals with Covid come across the boarder, and they are being disbursed all across the country. There is your KILLER!!!! THERE IS YOUR FACT!!!!
You are the ones that are more than likely driving around, alone, in your car, with a FACE-DIAPER on… hahaha.

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