10 Famous Athletes Who Said Yes To The COVID-19 Vaccine, And 7 Who Said No

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1.VACCINATED: LeBron James

Despite choosing to get the vaccine himself, LeBron said that he wouldn't

Despite choosing to get the vaccine himself, LeBron said that he wouldn't "get involved in what other people should do for their bodies and their livelihoods." According the Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, all of the players on the team this season are vaccinated.

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2.NOT VACCINATED: Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving originally wouldn't say if he was or wasn't vaccinated, but it became clear that he wasn't when he missed the start of the Brooklyn Nets season and has not played with them since. The NBA doesn't have a mandatory vaccine policy, but New York's vaccine policy requires players be vaccinated in order to play or practice indoors. 

Kyrie Irving originally wouldn't say if he was or wasn't vaccinated, but it became clear that he wasn't when he missed the start of the Brooklyn Nets season and has not played with them since. The NBA doesn't have a mandatory vaccine policy, but New York's vaccine policy requires players be vaccinated in order to play or practice indoors.

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3.VACCINATED: Allyson Felix

When she was asked before the 2020 Olympics, she said that she was excited to be vaccinated as soon as she was eligible.

When she was asked before the 2020 Olympics, she said that she was excited to be vaccinated as soon as she was eligible.

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4.NOT VACCINATED: Anthony Rizzo

When he played with the Chicago Cubs, Anthony Rizzo chose not to get vaccinated because he was “taking some more time to see the data.

When he played with the Chicago Cubs, Anthony Rizzo chose not to get vaccinated because he was “taking some more time to see the data." He then tested positive for COVID in August after having been traded to the Yankees. When he was asked about his vaccination status again at the end of August, he said, "I just had COVID, so they say for three months I’m kinda in the clear, so I think after that it will be the time to really make the decision again." The MLB doesn't currently have a vaccination mandate for players.

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5.VACCINATED: Serena Williams

Serena attended the 2021 Met Gala, which required all guests to be vaccinated.

Serena attended the 2021 Met Gala, which required all guests to be vaccinated.

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6.NOT VACCINATED: Novak Djokovic

Currently ranked the No.1 player in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals, Djokovic has refused to disclose his vaccination status. This might keep him from playing in the Australian Open in January due to the tournament's vaccine mandate.

Currently ranked the No.1 player in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals, Djokovic has refused to disclose his vaccination status. This might keep him from playing in the Australian Open in January due to the tournament's vaccine mandate.

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7.VACCINATED: Andy Murray

The Scottish tennis player is vaccinated and has said that all players traveling across the world

The Scottish tennis player is vaccinated and has said that all players traveling across the world "have a responsibility to do so."

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8.NOT VACCINATED: Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is the most recent famous athlete to make headlines because of being unvaccinated. After saying that he was

Aaron Rodgers is the most recent famous athlete to make headlines because of being unvaccinated. After saying that he was "immunized" against the virus despite not receiving the vaccine, he tested positive in early November.

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9.VACCINATED: Tom Brady

Tom Brady is vaccinated, as confirmed by Tampa Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians. He previously had COVID after the 2021 Super Bowl.

Tom Brady is vaccinated, as confirmed by Tampa Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians. He previously had COVID after the 2021 Super Bowl.

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10.NOT VACCINATED: Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley has had A LOT to say — on Twitter and in person — about the NFL's vaccination policy and COVID protocols, but it all boils down to the same thing: He's unvaccinated and wishes to remain as such. He eventually deleted his Twitter account after posting,

Cole Beasley has had A LOT to say — on Twitter and in person — about the NFL's vaccination policy and COVID protocols, but it all boils down to the same thing: He's unvaccinated and wishes to remain as such. He eventually deleted his Twitter account after posting, "I may die of COVID, but I'd rather die actually living."

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11.VACCINATED: Simone Biles

Simone was confirmed to be vaccinated prior to the 2020 Olympics and has publicly supported the vaccine. 

Simone was confirmed to be vaccinated prior to the 2020 Olympics and has publicly supported the vaccine.

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12.NOT VACCINATED: Bradley Beal

Bradley Beal had to miss the 2020 Olympics because he had COVID, but that wasn't enough to make him get vaccinated. After stating in September that he refused the vaccine for

Bradley Beal had to miss the 2020 Olympics because he had COVID, but that wasn't enough to make him get vaccinated. After stating in September that he refused the vaccine for "personal reasons," he later clarified that he was still considering getting the vaccine once enough time passed after having COVID, as per CDC guidelines. This earned him the support of Ted Cruz, which Beal rejected even though he hasn't confirmed a vaccination status recently.

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13.VACCINATED: Suni Lee

Suni was also confirmed to be vaccinated before the Olympics. She also competed on the most recent season of Dancing With the Stars, which had a vaccination mandate for all celebrities and pro dancers.

Suni was also confirmed to be vaccinated before the Olympics. She also competed on the most recent season of Dancing With the Stars, which had a vaccination mandate for all celebrities and pro dancers.

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14.NOT VACCINATED: Callum Robinson

The English soccer player hasn't been vaccinated despite having COVID twice, saying,

The English soccer player hasn't been vaccinated despite having COVID twice, saying, "It's obviously annoying that I've caught it twice but I haven't been vaccinated. Further down the line I could change my mind and want to do it but at this moment in time I haven't been vaccinated. I wouldn't force people to do it, it's your choice and your body."

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15.VACCINATED: Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr.

Neymar shared a video of himself getting vaccinated back in May.

Neymar shared a video of himself getting vaccinated back in May.

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16.VACCINATED but didn't want to be: Andrew Wiggins

After expressing skepticism over the vaccine and even seeking a religious exemption (which the NBA denied), Wiggins got vaccinated. He made it clear, though, that he only did so because,

After expressing skepticism over the vaccine and even seeking a religious exemption (which the NBA denied), Wiggins got vaccinated. He made it clear, though, that he only did so because, "The only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA."

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17.And finally, VACCINATED: Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe plays on the OL Reign, which recently announced that 28/29 of the players on its roster are vaccinated. Megan herself (along with fiancé and basketball star Sue Bird) participated in a vaccination clinic at Lumen Field in Washington.

Megan Rapinoe plays on the OL Reign, which recently announced that 28/29 of the players on its roster are vaccinated. Megan herself (along with fiancé and basketball star Sue Bird) participated in a vaccination clinic at Lumen Field in Washington.

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