EAGAN, Minn. — A day after Kirk Cousins doubled down on his stance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, a hospital Cousins partners with in his hometown of Holland, Michigan, cut ties with the Minnesota Vikings quarterback.
Cousins, who is unvaccinated, was activated off the Vikings’ COVID-19/reserve list Thursday after missing four practices. The 32-year-old quarterback was deemed a close contact after rookie Kellen Mond tested positive for the virus last Saturday.
Cousins said the size of the Vikings’ quarterback meeting room was the reason he was considered a close contact and noted he had no symptoms and six negative tests since he was last in contact with Mond. The veteran QB said the position group has since moved rooms to a larger space inside TCO Performance Center and that he vows to follow the protocols in order to keep himself from reappearing on the COVID-19/reserve list.
But when asked whether he would get vaccinated, Cousins declared his vaccination decision “a very private health matter for me, and I’m going to keep it as such.”
Holland Hospital issued a statement via local radio station WHTC 1450 AM upon severing ties with Cousins, who had partnered with the hospital’s sports medicine program since 2017.
“As the trusted health care leader along the lakeshore, we are committed to providing accurate, timely health information and guidance based on guidelines from the CDC and medical experts,” the statement read.