ESPN’s Allison Williams has decided to leave the company after the sports channel rejected her “request for accommodation” from having to get vaccinated for Covid-19. The college football reporter asked for exemption as she and her husband are trying to get pregnant with their second child and believe that the vaccine could affect that process.

Citing the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that women can receive the vaccine both before and during pregnancy, ESPN’s parent company, Disney, denied Williams’ request.

“This was a deeply difficult decision to make and it’s not something I take lightly,” said Allison Williams, who is resigning from her position. “I understand vaccines have been essential in the effort to end this pandemic; however, taking the vaccine at this time is not in my best interest.”

“Effective next week, I will be separated from the company,” Allison Williams stated. She had previously been with the company since 2011.

“I’m morally and ethically not aligned by this, and I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values, my morals and ultimately, I need to put them first,” she said. “Ultimately, I cannot put a paycheck over principle.”

A statement from an ESPN spokesperson read that, “We are going through a thorough review of accommodation requests on a case by case basis, and are granting accommodations consistent with our legal obligations. Our focus is on a safe work environment for everyone.”

In a report by The Guardian, reporters detailed the amount of mixed messages women have been receiving globally from top health officials and doctors as to whether or not they should receive the vaccine. There were conflicting reports in early 2021 from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“I had my first dose before I knew I was pregnant. Now I’m pregnant I’ve been told I’m not allowed my second,” one woman told The Guardian. Despite the go-ahead from the CDC, many women are still skeptical. Initially, pregnant women were not prioritized and told to wait for more information. That information came only after rising concerns, when the CDC announced that it was “strongly recommended” amid a push to get more Americans vaccinated.

Urging pregnant woman, and women who are trying to have a child, to get the vaccine just this past August, the agency confirmed that “growing amounts of data” and analysis has proved that it is safe and “found no additional risk to people vaccinated later in pregnancy, or to their babies.” Scientists working clinical trials for the CDC also did not find an increased risk of miscarriage.

Sascha Ellington, part of the CDC’s response team for reproductive health, said that she hoped the experience was “a lesson for future vaccine trials.”

“I know the manufacturers are doing studies now on vaccination in pregnancy but, you know, really missed the mark to get that information and data” she said. The CDC’s “less than enthusiastic” response, coupled with growing fears of new medications in preventing Covid-19, have presumably led to “surprisingly low” numbers of vaccinated pregnant women, Ellington believes.

In a tweet explaining her position last month, ESPN’s Allison Williams said that while her work was important to her, “the most important role I have is as a mother.”

Williams revealed that both her doctors and her fertility specialist advised her against the vaccine, and decided against it after “a lot of prayer and deliberation.”

“I will miss being on the sidelines and am thankful for the support of my ESPN family,” she wrote. “I look forward to when I can return to the games and job that I love.”