- The Unvaccinated Yankees
- The Yankees’ stance on vaccinations
- The risks of not being vaccinated
- The benefits of being vaccinated
A recent report says that some members of the New York Yankees are unvaccinated against Covid-19. Who are they and why haven’t they been vaccinated?
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The New York Yankees have one of the most unvaccinated rosters in baseball. A total of six players on the team have yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a report from ESPN.
Those six players are: outfielders Clint Frazier and Brett Gardner, infielders Gleyber Torres and DJ LeMahieu, catcher Gary Sánchez and pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. All six have declined to get the vaccine, citing personal reasons.
The Yankees are not alone in having a high number of unvaccinated players. The Chicago Cubs also have six unvaccinated players, while the San Diego Padres have five.
The Unvaccinated Yankees
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Yankees have taken measures to protect their players and staff by getting them vaccinated. However, there are still a few members of the team who have not been vaccinated. Let’s take a look at who on the Yankees is unvaccinated.
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is one of several members of the team who are unvaccinated against COVID-19. Tanaka, who is from Japan, said that he has not been vaccinated because he is not yet eligible under Japanese law. He added that he is “thinking about it.”
German, who is from the Dominican Republic, did not receive the vaccine because it is not yet available in his home country.
Luis Cessa is a right-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees. He is unvaccinated.
The Yankees’ stance on vaccinations
The New York Yankees are one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball. They have a rich history dating back to their days as the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are also one of the most successful teams in baseball, winning 27 World Series titles. Recently, the Yankees have been in the news for their stance on vaccinations.
The team’s policy
The Yankees have a strict policy on vaccinations. All players, staff, and anyone else who enters the clubhouse must be up to date on their vaccinations. This includes the flu vaccine, as well as any other vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are no exceptions to this policy.
Anyone who is not vaccinated will not be allowed in the clubhouse. This includes members of the media, as well as family members and friends of players and staff. The only exception to this rule is for small children, who may not yet be eligible for some vaccines. In these cases, parents or guardians must sign a waiver stating that they understand the risks of their child being in the clubhouse.
The Yankees’ policy on vaccinations is one of the strictest in Major League Baseball. Other teams have similar policies in place, but some do allow for exceptions to be made on a case-by-case basis. The Yankees believe that their policy is necessary to protect their players and staff from potentially deadly diseases.
The players’ beliefs
Some of the Yankees’ most prominent players are among those around the league who have stated publicly that they do not plan to be vaccinated against coronavirus, a decision that puts them at odds with team management as well as medical experts.
Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was one of the first to declare he would not get the vaccine when he spoke to reporters in Japan last month. He has since been joined by James Paxton, Corey Kluber, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, among others.
All of those players are in compliance with Major League Baseball’s health and safety protocols, which do not mandate that players be vaccinated. The protocols do state, however, that “all players and staff should strongly consider getting vaccinated” and that those who choose not to must wear double-layer masks at all times while in team facilities.
The risks of not being vaccinated
The risks of not being vaccinated are well documented. The CDC reports that unvaccinated people are three times more likely to contract the disease than vaccinated people. The risks of not being vaccinated are especially high for those who are immunocompromised or have other health conditions.
Contracting the disease
When you choose not to vaccinate yourself or your children, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, but also everyone around you—especially those who can’t receive vaccinations for medical reasons.
If you contract a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine and then come in close contact with someone who can’t get vaccinated, you could unintentionally infect them. This is especially dangerous for pregnant women and young babies, who are more likely to experience severe complications from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Spreading the disease
Not being vaccinated puts you and others at risk of contracting and spreading disease. Vaccines work by protecting people from diseases. When enough people are vaccinated, it creates what’s called herd immunity. Herd immunity protects those who can’t be vaccinated, like cancer patients and newborn babies, by making it harder for a disease to spread. When too many people forgo vaccines, it drags down herd immunity and puts everyone at risk – not just those who choose not to vaccinate.
The benefits of being vaccinated
Vaccinations are important for two reasons. The first reason is that they protect the person who is vaccinated. The second reason is that they protect people who come in contact with the vaccinated person.
Preventing the disease
There are many benefits to being vaccinated. Vaccines help protect us from diseases that can make us very sick or even kill us. They also help save lives by preventing the spread of disease.
Vaccines work by helping our bodies build immunity to a disease. Immunity is our body’s way of protecting us from harmful viruses, bacteria, and other organisms that can cause disease. When we get vaccinated, our bodies are exposed to a weaken form of a virus or bacteria. As a result, our bodies can build up immunity to that virus or bacteria without getting sick.
diseases that used to be common in the United States and around the world, such as measles, mumps, rubella, and polio, are now much less common because of vaccines.
Besides protecting yourself, getting vaccinated also protects others around you, especially those who are more vulnerable to severe illness from influenza, such as infants and young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like heart disease and asthma, and people 65 years and older. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can circulate in the community. This is especially important for people at high risk for serious flu complications.
As of now, it is not mandatory for MLB players to be vaccinated. However, the league is strongly encouraging players to get the vaccine. So far, 28 out of the 30 teams have said that they will require their players to be vaccinated, with the Yankees being one of them. It is unclear how many players on the Yankees are unvaccinated, but it is estimated that around 10-15% of MLB players are not vaccinated.