Verywell Health Quotes Dr. Mandelbaum: Olympic Swimmer’s Vaccination Status Sparks COVID-19 Safety Discussion

U.S. swimmers have already secured 12 medals since the Tokyo Olympics kicked off this Saturday.

Despite making waves in the pool, Team USA faced a rift between vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes on social media.

The debate centers on Michael Andrew, a 22-year-old Californian and gold medal favorite in the 200-meter individual medley. Andrew chose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as he was unsure how his body would react to the shot. “As an athlete on the elite level, everything we do is very calculated,” he told reporters during a conference call.

“I didn’t want to risk any days out, because there are periods where, if you take the vaccine, you have to deal with some days off.”

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