ESPN Reporter Allison Williams announced she will be leaving the network over its COVID vaccine mandate to all employees.
In a video posted to Instagram Friday, Williams said her request for accommodation was denied by ESPN and the Walt Disney Company and that she would be “separated from the company” effective this week.
Williams shared on Twitter last month that she had decided not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine because she was trying to conceive her second child.
She also thanked the women who reached out to her over the past few weeks about their experiences with getting the vaccine while pregnant.
“I can’t tell you how much light it brought during a really dark and difficult time and I’ve also had a lot of people, women in particular, reach out and share their stories in regards to fertility and getting the injection,” Williams said in the video. “To the women who got it and are having successful pregnancies and had babies in their arms, I am beyond thrilled for you. Congratulations, that’s amazing and terrific and I believe you.”
“To the women who have shared their experiences of getting the injection and subsequent miscarriages, menstrual irregularities, periods after menopause … I am so sorry that that is your experience. And I pray for you and I believe you,” she continued.
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