Urban Meyer: Some Jaguars assistants got vaccinated to avoid losing Tier 1 status

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The NFL put out a warning last week that some assistant coaches were in danger of losing their Tier 1 status — which means no face-to-face contact with players — because they hadn’t been vaccinated. At least some coaches got the message.

Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer told reporters today that some of his assistants got vaccinated in recent days because of an NFL memo reminding them that if they weren’t vaccinated, they wouldn’t have permission to coach in meeting rooms or on the practice field.

It shouldn’t have taken that warning, as the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and everyone should get it. But for those coaches who needed a push, the NFL memo provided one.

It’s unclear how many coaches around the NFL remain unvaccinated, but it’s going to be difficult for them to do their jobs if they don’t get the vaccine.

40 responses to “Urban Meyer: Some Jaguars assistants got vaccinated to avoid losing Tier 1 status

  1. It is safe. Plain and simple. But feel free to post medical articles stating different.

  2. Good move by those coaches that got vaccinated. Hopefully, all the players and coaches get vaccinated so we can make covid a non-issue this season.

  3. They can wear masks.
    Good enough for last season.
    Why not this season?

  4. “It shouldn’t have taken that warning, as the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective”

    How is this even possible to say when it has only been out for 6 months max? And only tested for 6 months prior to that – at the most.

  5. They can wear masks.
    Good enough for last season.
    Why not this season?
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    Because we now have a vaccine which is the only path forward if society wants the best chance of avoiding another COVID pandemic. Is it really not obvious?

  6. There is no logical reason NOT to get vaccinated. These vaccines have been around for decades in various forms. They don’t impact your fertility, alter your DNA or contain microchips. People who don’t get the vaccine are either political lemmings or gullible fools who fall for misinformation on line. Enough with the nonsense.

  7. Compared to pharmaceuticals advertised on TV with scary side effects up the wazoo, the vaccine is safe.
    Remember that the vaccine is a tweaking of the vaccines researched for SARS and MERS years ago.

  8. I love how many Tom, Dick, and Harrys in this country turned into junior infectious disease specialists who dabble in FDA protocol minutiae in the last year.

    People who study vaccines and other pharmaceutical trial data — public health officials, researchers, pathologists, oncologists, and others who are much more educated, informed, and specialized than the average person — are shouting from the rafters that everyone should go get one of the vaccines ASAP. But definitely lean on whatever unwarranted skepticism social media and/or talk radio put in your head. Good grief.

  9. I think it’s hilarious that for all the awful crap we voluntarily put in our bodies on a daily basis, a medical vaccine is somehow a deal breaker.

  10. gotitan says:
    June 8, 2021 at 3:44 pm
    Safe? Not FDA approved. Only “emergency approved”.
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    Perhaps you should look at FDA approved drugs that they later recalled.

  11. It will be interesting to watch them adjust as the effectiveness of the vaccine begins to decrease for different people and at different rates…and the fact that they were vaccinated at different times of 2021. That sounds like an accounting nightmare.

  12. “but it’s going to be difficult for them to do their jobs if they don’t get the vaccine.“

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    You mean a vaccine.. there are many variants..

    Also anybody who had the virus and recovered (99.8% of people who got it)

    They don’t need a vaccine. They have natural antibodies.

  13. Get vaccinated or you can’t do your job. It’s a simple choice to get the safe vaccine and continue working. Or you can be obstinate, potentially lose your job, and be a drag on society moving past this crud.

  14. tonyzendejas says:

    I love how many Tom, Dick, and Harrys in this country turned into junior infectious disease specialists who dabble in FDA protocol minutiae in the last year.

    People who study vaccines and other pharmaceutical trial data — public health officials, researchers, pathologists, oncologists, and others who are much more educated, informed, and specialized than the average person — are shouting from the rafters that everyone should go get one of the vaccines ASAP. But definitely lean on whatever unwarranted skepticism social media and/or talk radio put in your head. Good grief.

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    Spot on. Sadly, talk radio and the other like programming from a few key players (i.e. Schmox Schmews), don’t peddle anything but misinformation to rile up their viewers with rarely an appearance made by anyone considered an expert. As a result, we are still embroiled in a pandemic that could have been minimized and virtually over if people would just do the bare minimum with little to no side effect to their lives.

    Moral of the story: trust the experts who trained for years to provide an informed opinion, and not a meme you saw on Facebook that your guy, Tony, shared.

    Now, let’s see those down votes, ya’ll!

  15. therealraider says:
    June 8, 2021 at 4:37 pm
    You mean a vaccine.. there are many variants..

    Also anybody who had the virus and recovered (99.8% of people who got it)

    They don’t need a vaccine. They have natural antibodies.

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    Most of what you state is inaccurate. Check the CDC or whatever medical body you trust for the actual numbers and the many reasons why it is dangerous to not get the vaccine.

    They will all recommend getting the vaccine, even if you have had COVID, no matter which brand is easiest for you to obtain.

  16. mRNA vaccines have been tested and approved by the FDA for years. Just because you don’t understand how they work doesn’t mean the medical community is in the dark. Facebook does not qualify you to make sweeping assumptions about the vaccine.

  17. “They don’t need a vaccine. They have natural antibodies.”

    Natural antibodies, but that doesn’t meet the NFL’s criteria for Tier 1. Get vaccinated.

  18. ogre4nerds says:
    June 8, 2021 at 4:39 pm
    Get vaccinated or you can’t do your job. It’s a simple choice to get the safe vaccine and continue working. Or you can be obstinate, potentially lose your job, and be a drag on society moving past this crud.

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    So you get to decide whether I can keep my livelyhood??? So I could say to those who work for me, “If you HAVE gotten the vaccine, you have no right to your job???” No, I get to chose if I get the Hepatitis vaccine, or the HPV vaccine, or the MERS vaccine, or any vaccine. Why should you care anyway? If you are immune, then you can’t get it from me, on the low chance I get Covid in the first place.

  19. They can wear masks.
    Good enough for last season.
    Why not this season?

    The NFL wants to get back to normal as quickly as possible….and that means mask free. Vaccines are safe and free, so there is no reason to avoid getting vaccinated….unless one is a conspiracy theorist.

  20. “So you get to decide whether I can keep my livelyhood???” If you work for a team in the NFL, then you should understand the rules that come along with that employment. If you can’t/won’t/don’t follow the rules your employer sets, then you are free to find another job. Welcome to reality.

  21. mackcarrington says:
    June 8, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    I swear, sometimes with all the people on this website spouting lies, falsehoods & misinformation, some comment threads on certain stories looks like an extension of FOX News & QAnon Weekly.

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    True that, freedom of speech is one thing, freedom of misinformation is definitely another. Too bad so many people don’t bother to read past a juicy headline or grope their way through the brotherhood of false speech. Aah, the glory of the spin zone getting people salivating over being sterilized by a vaccine… or, my gosh a violation of constitutional rights! Yikes, reminds me of Idiocracy these days. Wait a minute – maybe sterilization of the gullible and ignorant is what we should have!?

    Anyway… I got vaccinated, I don’t feel any different, I didn’t grow a third arm or a second head. Recent legal studies has determined that a workplace employer/owner may in fact require proof of vaccination for entry into their business, employee or customer… imagine if Costco did that? A fist fight every two steps! But… employers are still within their legal rights to make that requirement, and so goes the NFL – just suck it up and take the medicine!

  22. No proof it is safe and no proof non vaccinated are a threat. It’s a scare tactic. I’ll wait for you to show me the independent study. .

  23. footballguy says:
    June 8, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    It is safe. Plain and simple. But feel free to post medical articles stating different.
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    I believe the burden of proof is on you. Show me the research showing the vaccine is safe. You can’t, because there aren’t any, because there hasn’t been enough time to demonstrate the long-term impact of the vaccine. Why do you think the FDA takes years to approve these things? It is authorized for emergency use, but where’s the emergency for people under 70? You need to weigh the relative risk of the vaccine versus the disease.

    Do you know what there is research demonstrating? That the probability of contracting covid is 0.8% for the unvaccinated. That people who have had covid have antibodies that make them immune. Why are we forcing an experimental vaccine on people who are already immune? Why are we forcing an experimental vaccine on children who are at no risk of a bad outcome or of spreading the disease? Why are there so many new billionaires in the health care industry? It’s almost as if this isn’t really about public health.

  24. It’s amazing how many football fans are not only uninformed about the vaccine but just plain ignorant about it’s value in ending this pandemic, getting rid of masks and keeping people out of hospitals. They make up garbage to present a position for which there is absolutely no science, they use religion as a weapon to hurt people, they jeopardize the people who have gotten a vaccine by being the source of a new variant, and to be perfectly blunt, they only care about themselves. They are true examples of America today and the mentality that everything is all about them. Hundreds of millions of people have had this vaccine and it has worked without a single one growing horns or ending the world. Stop being afraid of a tiny needle, it really won’t hurt and you will feel much better not worrying about defending some half baked position going forward.

  25. Tebow knows about Rev 13:16-17 and ‘the Mark of the Beast.’ He should have warned against it!

  26. I’m not getting the vaccine and don’t care who tries to bully or shame me.

  27. You are a coaching assistant in the NFL. The sport is all about rules. The league is all about rules. Everything is about rules. Follow ’em, or see the door. Also, they gave them the option to provide a religious or health reason not to get it. Lots of people just want to complain.

  28. The fact there are more thumbs down for vaccines on this site tells you a lot about the backwardness of football fans. In fact it gives me the creeps. Get vaccinated so the world can move on from the pandemic already!

  29. So what happens to star NFL players that choose NOT to take your “safe vaccine”? Not sure what the exact percentage is of Americans choosing NOT to take the vaccine but if any are NFL fans, I hope they choose not to watch any more games. #antiNFL

  30. People might have varying definitions of “safe”. Certainly reasonable to doubt the safety of something this new than something like the flu vaccine or childhood vaccines. However, COVID is really bad, which should be enough to get over the little doubt that someone could have. Millions of people have had the vaccine for months now and there is no evidence of any issues. Could there be some miniscule chance of some weird long term effect, sure, but that is far outweighed by what you avoid by getting the vaccine.

  31. I self-admittedly am one of the people who was vaccine hesitant with THIS vaccine. I was glad to not be eligible for a while so a few hundred million test subjects could go before me. I eventually got the vaccine so I can better protect my young kids, and the world has given over 1,000,000,000 COVID vaccines to date – so I think it’s a pretty compelling argument that it is indeed, safe.

  32. The if you’re vaccinated why do you care line is garbage. My kids can’t get the shot. My four year old might not ever be able to. I’ve had to stay home a month total out of the last two, unpaid, because my 4 year old was a close contact… twice. If you don’t get vaccinated, get sick, spread it to your kids, and they come into contact with mine, I have to stay home unpaid again. Even though I’m fully vaccinated. The idea that your actions have no effect on others and you can do whatever it is you please is why this pandemic was worse than it should’ve been, why it won’t be over sooner, why I’m out 4000 dollars the past two months, and why I have two family members I’ll never see again. All because you think you know more than actual doctors. The sheer ignorance of the people in this country is astounding.

  33. Idk I know way more people who have gotten sick from the vaccine than had covid.

  34. “Dr. William Moss, executive director of the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, said the large share of those waiting for approval came as a surprise.

    ‘My sense is that it probably means more to the general public than it actually should,’ Moss told ABC News. For Moss, with nearly 300 million doses administered in the U.S., ‘there’s nothing about that review process that’s going to reveal anything we don’t know.’

    ‘Yes, it’s kind of a formal stamp of approval, but I don’t think it really provides much more than what we already know,’ he said. ‘We have more data on vaccine safety than with any other vaccine, even before the review of the full approval.’”

    This guy has worked with vaccines for his entire adult life and runs an organization focused on vaccines at America’s premier medical school. Please, go on, let’s hear why you don’t trust him.

  35. Looking at the near 50/50 distribution of thumbs up vs thumbs down on an article about getting vaccinated against one of the most deadly viruses we’ve ever experienced is maddening and disheartening. The more information we have access to, the dumber we’ve collectively gotten.

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