Vaccine eligibility means local athletes can get the shot
With all adults in Florida now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, all athletes, professionals and students, can get in line for their shot.
“I think using scientific information and creating an opportunity for people to help each other out is the best way to think of it,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh.
Thursday, 1,000 doses of the vaccine were administered on campus for the first time since the general population of students became eligible.
“It definitely gives us hope,” said Kavanagh.
Over the last year, Kavanagh and his department have had to manage the pandemic as best they could. They have become experts in testing, quarantine procedures, budgeting and rescheduling as the coronavirus’ impact was felt in every sport.
After the last year, Kavanagh recommends ever Eagle get the shot and he is optimistic that most will.
Encouragement is where it stops as the school and athletic department do not require student athletes to get the COVID-19 vaccine to compete.
“I’m neither a scientist or a politician but it makes sense to me,” said Kavanagh.
“It’s no different than years ago when they developed a polio vaccine.”
Meanwhile, just a short drive down Bell Hill Griffin Parkway, the Florida Everblades have an agreement in place to get their players the vaccine next week.
“We’ll educate them on the benefits or risks associated with that and we’ll get as many vaccinated as we can,” said the Blades’ general manager Craig Brush.
“We won’t let our guard down until we play our last game.”
The Blades also will not require their players to get the vaccine but they do recommend it.
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