Fred Warner spent 10 days on the Covid-19 reserve list last summer. So Warner got the vaccine this offseason and is looking forward to training camp this week.
The 49ers players didn’t experience an outbreak last season, but their season was turned upside down by the pandemic. The 49ers only played 5 games in Santa Clara last year and none with real fans in the stands.
Wildfires in California before the start of the season led to dangerous air quality levels ahead of the team’s first game of the season in September. And then COVID-19 restrictions in the state of California, the team had to move to a facility in California.
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So Fred Warner is doing his bit to keep his team secure this season. And while Warner said he will not pressure any unvaccinated teammate to get the shot, the All-Pro is willing to answer questions about it.
Fred Warner spoke about the vaccine after the new NFL rules.
“At the end of the day, everyone makes their own decision, and that’s something that you’ve got to respect,” Warner said, via David Bonilla of 49erswebzone.com. “I am vaccinated, and I know that I’m a person that guys can come to, to ask some questions about it. What are their concerns, and stuff like that. That’s all I’m truly trying to be, is just a tool for people to use, a resource. If somebody’s got a question that they want to ask me, I’m more than open to answer.”
Last year, the NFL repeatedly had to reschedule games due to Covid outbreaks within teams, but this is something they won’t be doing this year. As a result, the team responsible for the Covid outbreak may have to forfeit the game entirely.
Here’s more from today’s memo, which also says the team responsible for a canceled game because of an outbreak among unvaccinated players/staff will be responsible for financial losses and subject to potential discipline from the commissioner. Wow. pic.twitter.com/Q86a2WcG1K
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Warner praised the 49ers’ efforts to educate players about the vaccine ahead of next season. “Well, the vaccination conversation has been going on for the majority of the offseason, before this news even came out,” Warner said. “The team, I feel, has done a great job in informing the players about the vaccine to try to help guys feel comfortable about it.”