A swimmer on the U.S. Olympic group says he’s heading to the Tokyo Olympics with out being vaccinated.
Throughout a USA Swimming media name on Thursday, Michael Andrew defined why he would not be receiving a COVID-19 vaccine within the “distant future.”
In keeping with the Washington Publish and ESPN, Andrew stated that he “didn’t wish to put something in my physique that I didn’t know the way I’d doubtlessly react to.”
He added that he didn’t wish to be sidelined and miss a number of days of apply due to doable uncomfortable side effects.
“As an athlete on the elite stage, every thing we do may be very calculated … I didn’t wish to danger any days out as a result of there are durations the place, in case you take the vaccine, it’s important to take care of some days off,” Andrew stated per the Publish.
Andrew’s feedback come within the wake of the Tokyo issuing a state of emergency amid an increase in coronavirus circumstances.
The pinnacle coach of the boys’s U.S. Olympic swim group Dave Durden sidestepped questions on Andrew’s vaccination standing, saying, that “no matter vaccinations or not vaccinated, it’s what our attitudes and actions are.”