Allison Williams, an ESPN sideline reporter, mainly known for covering college football games, will be stepping away from the company due to the new mandate by Disney that requires all salaried and non-union hourly workers to be vaccinated.
The 37-year-old took to Twitter to explain that she was taking a leave because she and her husband are trying to conceive their second child, and when she consulted with her doctor, she decided taking the vaccine is not the right thing as of now.
“At the Walt Disney Co., the safety and well-being of our employees during the pandemic has been and continues to be a top priority,” ESPN said in a statement, via the newspaper.
“Based on the latest recommendations of scientists, health officials and our own medical professionals that the COVID-19 vaccine provides the best protection against severe infection, we are requiring that all salaried and non-union hourly employees in the U.S. working at any of our sites be fully vaccinated.”
Williams wrote in a tweet her “heart hurts” for having to skip the college football season.
Whie my work is incredibly important to me, the most important role I have is as a mother, Throughout our family planning with our doctor, as well as a fertility specialist, I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at this time while my husband and I try for a second child,” she said in a statement.
Allison goes on in the post to say how her not wanting to take the vaccination is not to downplay its effectiveness and importance in combating COVID.
Flip the page to see the entire post Williams posted on her Twitter.