Sandy Alderson encourages all Mets players to get COVID-19 vaccine

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Sandy Alderson Mets during newser in 2021 with Mets vest on
Sandy Alderson Mets during newser in 2021 with Mets vest on

Beginning on Tuesday, every Mets player will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in New York City as eligibility will open up to include anyone 16 or older.

Speaking on Monday, team president Sandy Alderson said there has been some hesitancy among players when it comes to the vaccine, and explained that the team will be offering education on the matter while encouraging all players to get vaccinated.

"There has been some hesitation on the part of some players. That is why we've set up the education," Alderson told reporters via Zoom. "Unless we had 100 percent buy-in, education was appropriate -- and in fact, probably appropriate anyway given the number of questions that kind of circulate around this.

"We want to get as many players vaccinated as possible. I think that's in the best interest of the team, it's in the best interest of their families, it's in the best interest of those who work with the players. So I hope that in addition to their own personal, medical consideration, that they take all of those things into consideration as well. We're hopeful they will."

The Mets' entire season-opening series against the Washington Nationals was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Nats.

Last Friday, J.D. Davis said he wasn't sure yet if he would get the vaccine.

"I really don't know, I haven't even really thought about it," Davis said. "I've been so focused on baseball and getting ready for the season. ... It's a personal preference for me that hasn't really crossed my mind. ... With us moving from Florida to here in D.C. and all in the last couple of days, I just haven't really sat down and really thought about it."

On Sunday, Michael Conforto -- who had COVID-19 two weeks before spring training -- said the vaccine is a personal choice for players, but added that being able to get one is "a good thing for the league, a good thing for the teams."

"They’ve been asking for a survey. I haven’t heard how many guys we have, how many won’t, but I know that anyone who wants one will be able to get it," Conforto said. "I don’t know if I could speak to the reasons why they would or why they wouldn’t. I can tell you we have great doctors, we have all the current information on this specific vaccine in particular, we’re very educated. Beyond that, I don’t think I can really speak to the reasons why they would or why they wouldn’t."

Alderson said that he has been vaccinated, that he would encourage anyone in his family to get vaccinated, and that the Mets are going to encourage their players to get vaccinated.

"We will have something in Philadelphia for all of our players provided by medical staff -- not our medical staff, independent medical staff -- to try and inform players about the impact on their own health, on the health of their family, and specific questions that they may have," Alderson explained. "But we very definitely think it's important that we get as many of our players vaccinated as possible.

"And where there is concern, to address those concerns. I'm hopeful that we will get a large number of our players vaccinated as well as our additional traveling party. There are incentives for public health, there are incentives to lift the kind of restrictions that we're faced with now. There are lots of reasons and hopefully we'll get as many players vaccinated as possible."