- ESPN reporter Allison Williams stepped down from her position because she is refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Williams said in a statement that she is trying to get pregnant and the “vaccine at this time is not in my best interest.”
- The CDC has encouraged pregnant women to get vaccinated while misinformation spreads that the shot could cause fertility issues.
An ESPN reporter has stepped away from her job because she is refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Allison Williams, who has worked with ESPN since 2011, said on Twitter that she wouldn’t get the vaccine because she is trying to get pregnant.
“While my work is vital to me, the most important role I have is as a mother. Therefore, 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,” Williams said in the statement.
This will be the first fall in the last 15 years I won’t be on the sidelines for College Football.
My heart hurts posting this but I’m at peace with my decision. pic.twitter.com/np5V3gdrfW
— Allison Williams (@AllisonW_Sports) September 9, 2021
“I understand vaccines have been essential in the effort to end this pandemic; however, taking the vaccine at this time is not in my best interest. After a lot of prayer and deliberation, I have decided I must put my family and personal health first,” Williams went on, adding that she looks forward to eventually returning to her job.
In July, Walt Disney Company, which owns ESPN, announced salaried employees would be required to get vaccinated, Variety reported. ESPN did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“This will be the first fall in the last 15 years I won’t be on the sidelines for College Football. My heart hurts posting this, but I’m at peace with my decision,” Williams said in a tweet alongside her statement.
Misinformation has spread for months that the vaccine can impact fertility.