Sometimes in life timing is everything, and for ESPN Reporter Allison Williams, the timing to get the vaccine just didn’t work out. ESPN’s Allison Williams will be absent from the network’s college football coverage this fall due to her not receiving the vaccine. Williams said today that she wouldn’t be a part of any game coverage in 2021 because she hasn’t received the COVID-19 vaccine as she and her husband attempt to have a second child.
“While my work is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is as a mother. Throughout our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child. This was a deeply difficult decision to make and it’s not something I take lightly. I understand vaccines have been essential in the effort to end this pandemic, however taking the vaccine at this time is not in my best interest. After a lot of prayer and deliberation, I have decided I must put my family and personal health first. I will miss being on the sidelines and am thankful for the support of my ESPN family. I look forward to when I can return to the games and job that I love.”
See her tweet below:
This will be the first fall in the last 15 years I won’t be on the sidelines for College Football.
My heart hurts posting this but I’m at peace with my decision. pic.twitter.com/np5V3gdrfW
— Allison Williams (@AllisonW_Sports) September 9, 2021
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The best thing you can do to protect your unborn baby (and yourself) from harm is to get vaccinated. The data on adverse outcomes for unvaccinated pregnant women is scary. I’m sad for you but pray you have a healthy pregnancy and protect yourself in every other way possible.
— Emily Lordo (@EmilyLordo) September 9, 2021
That is your decision but please don’t post it to the public as if it is a valid one. Selfishness will not clear out our hospitals. There is zero evidence that the covid vaccine affects fertility or pregnancy. As a matter of fact, there is evidence to the contrary.
— merfar1215 (@merfar1215) September 9, 2021
God 1st, family 2nd. You are making the correct decision
— Bob Rogers (@BobRogers10) September 9, 2021
The NIH just acknowledged that women are reporting menstrual changes post-vaccination. Enough so, they have commissioned a huge study on the impact to fertility. It is a complicated issue, with unclear answers. You, however, are clearly the unsympathetic one
— Hayden (@Hayden59177576) September 9, 2021
You clearly don’t understand.
— LeftyMarlins (@LeftyMarlins) September 9, 2021
How this any different from any other employer vaccine mandate? I was required to get a Hepatitis vaccine for my current job in a hospital.
— brother of mine (@brother_ofmine) September 9, 2021
Agree…but the vaccine has not been shown to have any impact on fertility.
— CHS1 (@CHSdoctor) September 9, 2021
Stay away from the alternative facts from the alternative media. Stop consulting Dr. Facebook. Vaccine will protect you and your unborn child. Oh yeah, and the rest of your family.
— NelsonMiami (@miami_nelson) September 9, 2021
Disney announced in August that all employees, including ESPN employees are required to get vaccinated.
Hopefully she’ll stay safe as her and her husband try to procreate.