New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone says he recently received COVID-19 vaccine, encourages players to do same once eligible

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TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he took the COVID-19 vaccine last week and will encourage his players and staff members to do so as soon as they are eligible.

I was vaccinated about a week ago. And I’m certainly going to encourage our guys to do that, Boone said after the Yankees’ 5-0 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring training game Wednesday afternoon. There are rumors that we can get more out of him. This seems to be happening with increasing frequency, especially in some younger and healthier populations. Let us hope that this is an instrument that will be made available to us en masse.

Boone, 47, did not say what vaccine he received or whether he needs a second dose. He underwent open heart surgery in 2009 and took a short medical leave in early March to receive a pacemaker.

New York State has expanded the availability of the vaccine to all people with comorbidities and to all New Yorkers age 50 and older.

When asked if he planned to use his platform as Yankees manager to encourage non-players to take shots, Boone said that decision was personal.

I don’t know if I will necessarily take that position. Because at the end of the day, it’s an individual decision, Boone said. If I’m asked, and if I talk to our guys, of course I’m going to support this project. But I don’t feel like it’s my place to tell anyone.

Houston’s Dusty Baker, the oldest manager in the majors at 71, confirmed he received the injection at the start of spring training. Baker admitted he changed his mind after hesitating about the vaccine because of the Tuskegee experiment, an unethical study of untreated syphilis that lasted 40 years and was conducted on black men without the informed consent of the patients.

I know it’s a tricky situation. Many people don’t trust the vaccine, Baker said in mid-February. Do what you have to do. But I would advise those who hesitate to get vaccinated.

In a statement Wednesday, Major League Baseball said club personnel are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as state regulations allow. We’re excited to use our platform to promote vaccine safety and encourage our fans to get vaccinated.

The Astros, and also the Texas Rangers, St. Louis, and St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks are among the top teams in the league hoping to have their players and staff members gain access to the COVID-19 vaccine in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, the state of Arizona expanded the right to the vaccination to all residents 16 and older. Texas will do the same starting Monday, and Missouri’s governor announced last week that the state will make vaccinations available to all adults starting on the ninth. April will be open.

Cardinals President John Mozeliak said he would encourage all employees to get vaccinated.

This is great news for the people of Missouri. And hopefully we can give the vaccine to our players, because obviously that would be helpful going into this season, Mozeliak said late Wednesday night in a video conference. In the meantime, though, you definitely want to have an idea of which players will be interested. And at the end of the day, I hope most of our players get the chance. I know that if I get the chance, I will be there.

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