ESPN reporter Allison Williams leaving network over COVID-19 vaccine

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ESPN reporter Allison Williams announced on Saturday that she is leaving the network due to its parent company Disney’s COVD-19 vaccine mandate, which goes into effect company-wide on Oct. 22.

The 37-year-old sideline reporter had already announced last month that she would not be covering the 2021 college football season because she chose to remain unvaccinated, citing that she was trying to conceive a second child despite no scientific evidence supporting the vaccine would cause fertility issues.

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Williams, who has worked with ESPN since 2011, made her latest announcement in an Instagram post on Saturday, adding that she was “morally and ethically” opposed to receiving the vaccine.

“Belief is a word I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, because in addition to the medical apprehensions regarding my desire to have another child in regards to receiving this injection, I am also so morally and ethically not aligned with this,” she said. “And I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and morals, and ultimately I need to put them first. And the irony in all this is that a lot of these same values and morals that I hold dear are what made me a really good employee, what helped with the success that I’m able to have in my career.”

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention provides a comprehensive outline of facts about the vaccine, including that the vaccine is effective in preventing severe illness, which pregnant people are at a higher risk of than non-pregnant people.

Disney previously required any employee working live events be vaccinated, but expanded the mandate company-wide following President Joe Biden requiring a federal vaccine policy for all companies with 100 or more employees.

Williams is not sure what is next for her.

“I don’t know what the future holds, obviously, for any of us,” she said. “I’m trying to wrap my head around the thought that the largest game I’ve worked in my career, the national championship game, might be the last game I work. But I’m going to focus on what I have to be thankful for. I’m going to hold on to my faith. I’m going to pray that things get better, and that I can see you on the television set in some capacity, in some stadium, covering some game soon. Until then, God bless, and I’m going to go hug my baby.”

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