Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sidestepped a query Friday about whether or not he has acquired a COVID-19 vaccine. The response opened him as much as humorous feedback on Twitter.
Prescott advised reporters it wasn’t “precisely vital” whether or not he was. Then he stated, “I believe that is HIPAA.”
Requested if he’s vaccinated, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott: “I don’t essentially suppose that’s precisely vital. I believe that’s HIPAA.” pic.twitter.com/EKYI1t4A5S
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 23, 2021
HIPAA is brief for the Well being Insurance coverage Portability and Accountability Act, a federal statute. Throughout the act are protections for sufferers towards well being care suppliers disclosing private data with out their data or consent. From the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers web site:
What Info Is Protected
Info your docs, nurses, and different well being care suppliers put in your medical report
Conversations your physician has about your care or therapy with nurses and others
Details about you in your well being insurer’s laptop system
Billing details about you at your clinic
Most different well being details about you held by those that should observe these legal guidelines
Prescott invoking HIPAA to evade a yes-or-no query concerning the vaccine is removed from an accurate software.
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His reply certain could not defend him from the Twitter jokes that adopted:
My spouse simply requested me if I performed nicely on the golf course at the moment. Informed her that query violates my HIPAA rights.
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) July 24, 2021
For the final time: asking me to pick out all of the squares with visitors lights in them is a HIPAA violation
— Pablo S. Torre (@PabloTorre) July 23, 2021
It is a HIPAA violation to ask me how a lot scorching tub water I’ve unintentionally drank
— Julius Caesar (@Jiddy7) July 24, 2021
Asking me if Pepsi is okay is a HIPAA violation
— Laura Gorsky (@lauragorsky) July 24, 2021
There have been severe tweets, too, as folks took the non-answer to imply that Prescott is unvaccinated. There was additionally help for Prescott declining to reveal private data.
Vaccines are a hot-button matter within the NFL on the eve of coaching camps beginning. The league advised groups Thursday that if a sport is postponed as a result of a crew has a COVID-19 outbreak amongst unvaccinated gamers and can’t be rescheduled, then the crew with the outbreak will lose the sport by forfeit and that gamers on each groups won’t be paid for the sport.
Cardinals extensive receiver DeAndre Hopkins then stated on social media that he did not need the vaccine, earlier than saying he had “about 9 extra years in me,” in a reference to his soccer profession.