Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was featured in the latest Pfizer commercial promoting the COVID-19 booster and flu shot.
“Travis, did you know you can get this season’s COVID-19 shot when you get your shot?” someone asked Kelce in the commercial.
“Two things at once?” Kelce pondered.
“The CDC recommends getting your COVID and FLU SHOTS at the same visit if you’re due for both,” the ad said.
“Ask about getting this season’s COVID-19 shot when getting your flu shot,” the ad concluded.
In the commercial, Kelce posed with two band-aids representing two injections.
NFL Tight End Travis Kelce is Pfizer’s Latest Poster Boy for the New COVID Booster
Note: This is his only post with the comments turned off pic.twitter.com/AaYR03JEvf
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) September 23, 2023
Kelce faced extreme backlash for the Pfizer ad.
The all-star NFL player shared a video as he is now in a partnership with Pfizer. “#PfizerPartner With my schedule, saving time is key,” he began to write in the caption. “The CDC says you can get this season’s updated COVID-19 shot when you get your flu shot if you’re due for both. That’s why I got two shots in one stop! Ask your doctor or pharmacist if it would be right for you. You can also visit CDC’s vaccines.gov to learn more and schedule an appointment.”
He added, “This video is for US residents only and is intended to be viewed as it was originally produced in partnership with Pfizer. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider.”
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end turned off comments on the video, seemingly because he was receiving backlash on the ad video — but fans did not let that stop them from voicing their opinions as they took to Kelce’s other Instagram post, slamming the NFL player.
Since fans could not comment on the Pfizer ad video Kelce shared, they began to comment on a different post.
“You sold out for #Pfizer 🤡,” one fan commented as another chimed in with, “Now you, too, have blood on your hands #f**kthevaccine.”
Others wrote things such as “How much money did you get for the clot shot ad???” and “Why not hide comments on this post like your previous post🤔🤔 #sellout”.
“Dude you are a sell out . Pushing the V,” another commented while one said, “You were sick, now you are just a government puppy. That’s what you do for money.”
Twitter users also blasted Kelce for selling out to Pfizer.
Does he even care about the health of young athletes he influences with this ad? https://t.co/NDYHEiG4Xw
— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) September 23, 2023
Bad move Kelce.
Your former fans will be 🔥
Sell out to @pfizer?
Bloods on your hands now too.
“Comments shut off”. Wonder why? https://t.co/iCQOStoH8B
— Dr Mollie James (@molsjames) September 23, 2023
He’ll do ANYTHING to get with Taylor Swift, huh? https://t.co/6VJEnILSHO
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) September 23, 2023
— Cody (@Codeman675) September 23, 2023
Between this and the Swifty thing, I will drag this clown, the Chiefs & NFL whenever this comes up. PATHETIC sell-out. I guess he and Swiftie are a pretty good team. #Weaksauce #Clown #Stooge #KCChiefs https://t.co/3xFHdhqzwY
— Michelle Peterson, NP (@michellepeternp) September 23, 2023
The Kansas City Star added:
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce showed off two special rings for his latest commercial. Alas, they were not his Super Bowl championship rings, just a couple of goofy-looking knockoffs. Kelce wore them as he repeatedly mentioned the tagline “Two Things At Once” as part of the spot for Pfizer, which debuted late this week. TOP VIDEOS Top Videos 00:18 00:38 NFL Matchup -Indianapolis Colts “With my schedule, saving time is key,”
Kelce wrote in an Instagram post that included the video. “The CDC says you can get this season’s updated COVID-19 shot when you get your flu shot if you’re due for both. That’s why I got two shots in one stop! Ask your doctor or pharmacist if it would be right for you. You can also visit CDC’s vaccines.gov to learn more and schedule an appointment.”
Kelce’s mom, Donna, also makes an appearance in the spot, and she notes that showing off the two fake rings is not really doing two things at once.