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Rachel Bush, the wife of Bills safety Jordan Poyer, is throwing heat on Twitter after learning about a new vaccine initiative involving the team.
On Tuesday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced that those attending games for the 2021-2022 season are required to be vaccinated. Poloncarz announced the vaccination policy during a news briefing, after expressing disappointment in the sudden “tremendous slowdown” of vaccine appointments.
“The only safe way to have a full house for @BuffaloBills and @BuffaloSabres games this fall is if all are vaccinated,” Poloncarz tweeted on Tuesday, alongside a vaccine memo specifically meant for Buffalo teams.
The memo stated in part that “all fans and staff be fully vaccinated” in order to attend games this fall. The notice concluded with: “No vaccine = No entry.”
Bush, who said she recently had COVID-19, took to Twitter to express her concern over the new policy, which she called “unconstitutional” among other things.
“We have pregnant wives. Wives who are breast-feeding. Wives who have already had Covid (so it’s dangerous to get vaccinated now) etc etc. NONE of us are comfortable with getting the vaccine. NONE of us should be forced to do so in order to watch our own husbands play live,” Bush, who was a regular at Bills homes games pre-pandemic, tweeted.
Bush went on to reiterate how “alarmed” she is by “the amount of Americans that think it’s perfectly okay for the government to force an experimental vaccine on citizens.”
Michael Wooten, an anchor/reporter with NBC Buffalo, challenged Bush’s argument on Twitter. Wooten accused her of “sadly” sharing “misinformation” about vaccines.
Bush eventually noticed that she was trending on Twitter, and further explained herself.
“I just don’t understand how an opinion can trigger so many people,” she wrote, adding, “All I am fighting for is our rights & freedom. For a CHOICE.”
Following her tweet spree, Bush retweeted this take from a supporter: “They should allow players family into isolated booths. They’re not just fans, they’re support…”
Bush also promoted a petition calling on the Buffalo Bills to challenge the new vaccine mandates.
During the news brief, Poloncarz explained that the timing of the policy will allow sports fans enough time to get their vaccine ahead of preseason ticket sales in July.
He also noted that he has spoken with Bills officials about the county’s new policy.
“I believe they support it because we want to see all our fans back in the stadium this year,” Poloncarz said, according to Buffalo News.
Poyer, for his part, hasn’t spoken publicly about his wife’s tweets.
One NFL star who’s joined the fight to educate others about vaccines is Russell Wilson. The Seahawks star quarterback, along with wife Ciara, are set to host an NBC special this weekend to educate the public about COVID-19 vaccinations.
The special will also explore claims and falsehoods about vaccines, and aims to clarify scientific facts about vaccines.
The Wilsons will be joined by some familiar faces and medical experts, including President Biden, President Obama, Dr. Fauci and more.
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