Dana White has revealed that he will not be pressuring UFC fighters into having a COVID-19 vaccine.
It’s been a hot topic in the Premier League as of late. As reported by The Times, clubs have hit back against plans for mandatory vaccines for fans and players alike, branding it ‘unworkable’.
Of course, there needs to be a concrete strategy in place for elite sports to continue while the pandemic is ongoing, but there’s an obvious moral question mark over proposals to force anyone into taking a vaccine.
That appears to be the thought process of Dana White, who speaking to TSN, revealed that he would never attempt to pressure any fighters into taking the coronavirus jab:
“I would never tell another human being what to do with their body. If you want to get vaccinated, that’s up to you. That’s your choice.”
“You’re never going to hear me say I’m going to force people to get vaccinated. Never gonna happen.”
“I think a lot of people are doing that, they’re telling you in New York you can’t go into a restaurant or a gym unless you’re vaccinated and can prove it and things like that.”
“Some people are getting fired if they don’t get vaccinated. That’s not going to happen here. If you want to get vaccinated, get vaccinated. If you don’t, that’s your decision, your body.”
There will be those that argue that people have a responsibility to take the vaccine if they want to return to normal life, but to take away the personal choice is a dangerous road to go down.
We’re certain this is not the last of the debate we’re going to be hearing about in the sporting world.
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