ESPN reporter quits job after refusing to take a vaccine

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An ESPN reporter announced her decision to leave the network instead of getting vaccinated against Covid-19, citing her attempt to conceive a second child.

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In a video on her Instagram account, Allison Williams announced her decision to withdraw from the network, where she works as a college football and basketball reporter.

Ms Williams said her decision comes after careful ethical and moral considerations. “An injection that doesn’t prevent transmission doesn’t weigh morally to me,” she said.


She said she is not ethically and morally aligned with the network’s decision to impose its vaccine mandate on all employees.

Last month, US President Joe Biden mandated that all private companies with more than 100 employees ask for proof of vaccination status or a negative Covid-19 test.

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Ms Williams said the network had changed its position since April when it announced that vaccines were important but whether to take them would remain a personal choice for employees.

“I respect that their values ​​have changed, and I expected them to value what mine didn’t,” she said.

Ms Williams also cited examples of women who experienced fertility problems after receiving the vaccine.

In a statement last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention however strongly recommended the vaccines for women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or have recently become pregnant to prevent serious illness and adverse effects. .

Ms Williams’ decision to resign from the network comes just weeks after she announced holiday.

In an Instagram post, Ms Williams had announced she would miss the college football season for the first time in 15 years as she decided not to get the Covid-19 vaccine to try for a second child.

in a statement to usa today sports, ESPN said that although they could not comment on Ms Williams’ specific situation, her focus remains on a safe work environment.

He said the network is currently only providing accommodation requests in consultation with his legal team.


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