UPDATE: Allison Williams has been forced to leave ESPN for good because she refused to comply with the Disney vaccination mandate.
The college football and basketball sideline reporter earlier said that she was opting out for the season. She stated she and her husband were considering a second child. But on Friday night, she claimed that her request for accommodation was denied.
She will be separated from the firm as a result, Williams said.
Williams said in an Instagram video that belief is a word Ive been thinking about terribly lately, because in addition to the medical concerns about my desire to have another child in regards to receiving this injection, I am also morally and ethically not aligned with this, he added. And Ive had to really dig in and analyze my values and my morals, and I have to put them first.
And the irony in all of this is that a lot of those values and principles I hold so dear are what made me incredibly successful in my career and probably contributed to the success that Ive achieved.
Disneys vaccine mandate will come into effect on Friday.
While my work is extremely important to me, the most important role I have is as a mother, she wrote in obituary on Twitter. During our family planning with our doctor, as well as with euologist, I've decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try to have.
This was a incredibly difficult decision to make, and its not something I take lightly. I understand that vaccines have been crucial in the fight to eradicate this epidemic; however, taking the vaccine at this moment isn't in my best interest. After a lot of prayer and deliberation, I have decided to put my family and personal health first. I'll miss being on the sidelines and am grateful for the support of my ESPN family. I look forward to the day when I can return to playing and working the games and jobs I love.
The CDC advises all pregnant women or people thinking about becoming pregnant, as well as breastfeeding women, to get vaccinated to protect themselves against Covid-19, noting that the vaccines have been deemed safe and effective, while cautioning que Cov-19-related deaths have previously been reported among unvaccinated pregnant individuals.
The parent company of ESPN, Disney, said last month that all workers were required to be fully vaccinated.
ESPN stated in a statement that they have mastered the issue of the vaccine on 'a case-by-case basis'.
We are going through a thorough review of accommodation requests on n case by case basis, and we are granting accommodations where appropriate, ESPNs statement stated. Our goal is to provide a safe work environment for everyone, according to the company.