Washington State Soccer coach Nick Rolovich said Wednesday that he has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and that he will participate in the Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles remotely on Tuesday.
“As the Pac-12 Conference has required all in-person participants at next week’s Pac-12 Football Media Day to be fully vaccinated, I will be participating remotely and look forward to speaking on our team and the incredible young men on our program,” Rolovich said in a statement.
“I have decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for reasons that will be kept private. Although I have made my own decision, I respect that every individual – including coaches, staff, Our staff and student-athletes – can make their own decisions about a COVID-19 vaccine. I will not comment further on my decision.”
Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said in a statement that he and Rolovich “had many conversations about his decision not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.”
“While WSU has a mandate to vaccinate, there are policies and procedures in place for employees to follow for those who are not vaccinated. As a division, we will continue to educate student-athletes , staff and coaches about the benefits of vaccination and do all we can to protect the health and safety of those in our charge,” Chun said.
University President Kirk Schulz said in a later statement that the school “hopes that all students, faculty, staff and volunteers are fully immunized before the start of the fall semester.” He also said the school “respects the right of individuals to decide whether to vaccinate or not.”
Schulz said those who decide not to get vaccinated, whether for medical or non-medical reasons, are subject to the waiver process, and will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distance.
Rolovich is the second coach scheduled to speak during Pac-12 media day, at 9:20 a.m. PT.