Fresh off a 10-day quarantine for COVID-19, Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond gave an unsatisfying answer to a question about the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Vikings quarterback room was hit hard by COVID-19 protocols, but the experience doesn’t seem to have changed the mind of any of them.
After Kirk Cousins doubled down on his stance on not getting the COVID-19 vaccine, rookie Kellen Mond appears to be following suit.
Speaking to the media for the first time since his quarantine, Mond gave a cagey answer on his plan with the vaccine.
“I’ve talked to people around me who I trust. I think it’s a little bit more in the conversation since I’ve had COVID-19, but I think those are personal things I’m going to speak about. Like everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” Mond said according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The vaccine may be a personal decision, but it’s interesting how the NFL players who answer questions about why they won’t get the shot never seem to have a concrete reason for why.
Kellen Mond set back his and the Vikings training camp with COVID-19
Mond tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of July and had to quarantine for 10 days. He described his symptoms as similar to the flu. He made his return on Aug. 10.
His positive test forced unvaccinated quarterbacks like Cousins and Nate Stanley to isolate for five days. The Vikings had to rely on Jake Browning, who is vaccinated, as the only quarterback available during at least one practice.
Head coach Mike Zimmer has been vocal about wanting his players to get vaccinated, but Mond and others haven’t responded to his frustrations by getting on board. Vague “personal” reasons outweigh the risks, it seems.