Report: More than half of NFL players are vaccinated, but four teams lag behind

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The NFL’s 32 teams have done their best to educate players about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. The league isn’t requiring vaccines for players but is encouraging them by relaxing its COVID-19 protocols for players who are vaccinated and for teams with 85 percent of all players vaccinated.

That still isn’t incentive enough for some players, though.

Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports that more than half of the league’s players have received at least one dose of the vaccine for COVID-19.

Sixteen teams have more than 50 of 90 players on their rosters vaccinated, including three teams with 70 or more players vaccinated. Maske, though, reports the Colts, Jaguars, Cardinals and Chargers are lagging behind in their vaccination rates.

The league and NFLPA have not released vaccination rates.

The fact that most teams are struggling to get to 85 percent compliance could result in some unvaccinated players low on the depth chart — and thus unlikely to make the final roster — to lose their jobs before training camp. Teams close to the threshold could decide to take fewer than 90 players to camp, shedding unvaccinated players to reach the magic percentage and thus have relaxed protocols.

(Teams are not allowed to cut players based on vaccination status. But let’s be honest, if a team is deciding whether to keep player A or player B, and player A is vaccinated and player B isn’t, the vaccination status likely will serve as the deciding factor. Players on the bubble or below the bubble should get vaccinated to have any chance at all of making a roster.)

The NFL has all but required coaches and staff members to be vaccinated, mandating they do so to maintain Tier 1 protocol status that enables them to work in proximity to players. Media is expected to face a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to enter team facilities or NFL stadiums.

“Last season was certainly not normal,” Zachary Binney, an epidemiologist at Oxford College of Emory University, told Maske. “You didn’t have any games canceled. But you had games postponed. You had players being held out of games. All of those disruptions would be greatly reduced if you could get a large number of players vaccinated. I am certain the NFL knows this and is doing what it can to drive up vaccination rates. If no one got vaccinated, they could do what they did last year and have a season. But that was a pain.”

43 responses to “Report: More than half of NFL players are vaccinated, but four teams lag behind

  1. Given the reluctance of NFL employees and the general public to get the vaccine, I see all of the COVID protocols staying in the NFL for many years.

  2. As a NFL head coach I would have to question the intelligence of a player declining vaccination and his ability to grasp the complicated schemes of the NFL offenses and or defenses.

  3. Well given what the CDC is reporting regarding heart issues in males under 30 who receive the vaccine…I can understand the pause in deciding.

  4. The NFL should make vaccinations mandatory. You want to play football get the shot.

  5. Their body, their choice on whether or not to take the jab, not sure how that could be made any clearer in today’s society.

  6. if one player has been vaccinated, and another player hasn’t… the team will keep the best player.
    .

  7. gokafilm says:
    June 15, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Well given what the CDC is reporting regarding heart issues in males under 30 who receive the vaccine…I can understand the pause in deciding.

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    Given the incredibly small numbers relative to the total number of people vaccinated, and even more so relative to the large numbers of people hospitalized for COVID, that’s just a failure to understand how math works. That’s like picking a longshot over a favorite when he payout is the same for either option. Not rocket science.

    I fully support people’s right to no be vaccinated. I also support a private organization’s right to require it as part of a safe work environment, and their right to make it a requirement of employment, attendance or physical presence on their property, and for exclusion from places where they pose a greater risk to others. I like freedom of choice.

  8. The owners should tell the players that yes….getting vaccinated is the player’s choice however if an unvaccinated player is forced to miss a game, whether it’s because they tested positive for Covid or have been identified as a close contact, that the player will not be paid for game(s) missed.

  9. The bigger question would be, what would happen if a vaccinated player tests positive? Do they go also through covid protocols?

  10. The NFL is a business.
    The NFLP is a union.

    Legal question — who is liable if a player’s health is compromised in taking the vaccine?

  11. How bout the flu vaccine? Should a player be barred from playing because he hasn’t taken the flu vaccine to keep everybody else “safe”?

  12. A new study that tracked 2 million covid infected Americans has found 500.000 have developed new complications that they never had from breathing to heart issues being just two of a long list.

    It’s time America grew up including NFL players cut the insane politics out and be men and get vaccinated it is YOU why we aren’t further ahead at this rate by the fall/ winter we could be in deep touble yet again .

  13. Saw an earlier post that was great if an unvaccinated player misses a game it is 100% your fault you get no pay checks for the weeks you miss that’s totally fair .

  14. thecoltsfan76 says:
    June 15, 2021 at 6:28 pm
    Here I thought we lived where we could make our own decisions.
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    Unless you’re the boss, I doubt you make your own decisions at your work place. The nfl is a business. It’s not like every American citizen is forced to take the vaccine.

  15. So in the “workplace” it is okay for the boss to require vaccinations…. But if the boss limits your free speech in the “workplace”, we must become “woke”. What double standard?

  16. It’s required to get polio and many other vaccinations in this country. 600K+ dead in US. This is not about personal choice.

  17. No company is liable, not even the government if an adverse effect takes away your ability to work or perhaps give you a condition that requires you to pay for medication for the rest of your life. You know what everyone will tell you, especially the people telling people to man up and get vaccinated…. they well simply say “it was voluntary, no one forced you to take it.”

    People call unvaccinated selfish. I’m calling vaccinated selfish, you got vaccinated so you could go back to normal. You have no problem trading everyone’s liberty so you can go to a football game in person. No one is really questioning if this really is the answer. You have giving the government the right to use medical tyranny for every generation to come after. With such a high recovery rate, you wimped out. You don’t deserve liberty.

  18. Well given what the CDC is reporting regarding heart issues in males under 30 who receive the vaccine…I can understand the pause in deciding.

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    232 cases out of MILLIONS of vaccinations. Every medicine ever made is going to give someone an adverse side effects, that’s part of the deal. There is no “god medicine” that works perfectly for everyone. The fact that most of the cases numbers a extremely low and most cases are mild heart inflammation shows that the vaccine is very safe for most of the population. You have a much better chance having long term side effects from contracting COVID than anything the vaccine is producing.

  19. springfield says:
    June 15, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    So in the “workplace” it is okay for the boss to require vaccinations…. But if the boss limits your free speech in the “workplace”, we must become “woke”. What double standard?

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    Apparently you have never held a job before. There is no requirement for companies to treat identical situations identically, let alone your examples that are completely unrelated.

  20. thecoltsfan76 says:
    June 15, 2021 at 6:28 pm
    Here I thought we lived where we could make our own decisions

    We can. And then we suffer the consequences.

  21. I’m 60+ will not get it due to horrible reactions in people over 20 years old

  22. This pretty much mirrors the country as a whole. There really is no legitimate reason not to get the vaccination as the stories of people suffering medical complications are an incredibly small percentage and less than people who have had long term problems after getting the virus itself. If you are not getting it because you believe Bill Gates is behind it and using it to gain control/track you, please stop reading and get help immediately.

    However we are a democracy so you can’t force someone to get it if they don’t want to. What you can do is put restrictions on those that don’t and that is likely what the NFL will do to avoid having to shut down or move games due to covid breakouts. Seriously though people, get the shot and lets end this craziness. Some of the worst diseases in history were eradicated due to vaccines and to not take advantage of one that is available is truly irresponsible.

  23. Players get to choose whether to receive one or not.
    Freedom of choice.
    As it should be.

  24. I cant believe that so many people who have gotten the vaccine…and therefore are fine and cant catch it anymore…are so worried about those who dont have the vaccine. The un-vaccinated people cant hurt you, who cares what they do?

    As far as the NFL, no good player is getting cut or getting outright fired because he didnt get the vaccine.

  25. What happened to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”? What you can do for your country is get the shot and thereby protect others. If you don’t get the shot, you are not a patriot regardless of whatever lies you tell yourself. It’s not about freedom, it’s about duty.

  26. How the vaccine turned into a political litmus test is beyond me. All my life it’s been understood that children would have their vaccines before they are admitted to public schools. What is all the dithering about? We were beyond lucky to get the vaccine so soon.

  27. It couldn’t be more clear cut—your body, your choice. Freedom of choice—your choice whether to get the jab, and the team’s choice whether to give you the job.

  28. so we can require people to get vaccinated to attend college but not require players to get vaccinated to earn millions of dollars. The number of people dead from Covid in the US – 600,000. The number of people dead from the vaccine – ????

    Do the math knuckleheads.

  29. I am older, I had covid & I had the vaccine. If you choose to get the vaccine that’s fine. Why do you feel compelled to require other people to get it ? Young people who get covid for the most part have mild cases and the death rate among the young is nearly non exisitent. Heart problems in young men getting the vaccine are a real issue . If you had the vaccine or had covid, they are not going to give you covid. Let them decide for themselves.

  30. 6burgh says:
    June 15, 2021 at 8:06 pm
    No company is liable, not even the government if an adverse effect takes away your ability to work or perhaps give you a condition that requires you to pay for medication for the rest of your life. You know what everyone will tell you, especially the people telling people to man up and get vaccinated…. they well simply say “it was voluntary, no one forced you to take it.”
    _____________

    No, what everyone will tell is that your premise is incorrect. The vaccines are not going to take away your ability to do anything, and they are not going give you some condition that will require lifetime treatment. They are also not going to magnetize you, implant a tracking device in you, or any other wacko belief you have bought into.

    What the vaccines will give you is immunity from a deadly disease, the ability to once again move freely in public and, most importantly, the pride in knowing that you are protecting yourself and your fellow humans.

  31. If the vaccine works ((and that’s a BIG if)) then those who elected to get it have absolutely nothing to worry about.

  32. boogermcf says:
    June 15, 2021 at 6:55 pm
    How bout the flu vaccine? Should a player be barred from playing because he hasn’t taken the flu vaccine to keep everybody else “safe”?
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    Yes. Vaccines that control any type of communicable disease should be mandatory for everyone.

  33. “As a NFL head coach I would have to question the intelligence of a player declining vaccination and his ability to grasp the complicated schemes of the NFL offenses and or defenses.”
    _________

    They’re in a demographic who don’t tend to get very sick even if they catch it AND there are reports of some fairly serious complications from the vaccine in their demographic. It’s not a crazy choice to hold off if you’re younger and in good health.

  34. None of these vaccines are FDA approved. Maybe some people are prudent with their health. Just respect each other’s choices.

  35. thesnakestabler says:
    June 15, 2021 at 6:32 pm
    Their body, their choice on whether or not to take the jab, not sure how that could be made any clearer in today’s society.

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    You’re right. But on the other hand, the owners could say “Their money, their choice” too. And players are cut if they fail their physical tests. But no player ever said “My body, my choice to eat KFC everyday”…

  36. 19.4% of population aged 25-39 in US are fully vaccinated. If half the teams have 50 out of 90 fully vaccinated, the NFL is doing much better than the general population. This is a positive, not a negative.

  37. They are called “variants” and “mutations”… This is why it is so important to get as many faxed as possible. Those who choose not to can very well contribute to a strain that is much more toxic and deadly then the original (Hence; the current new one from India). These mutations and variants take place in people who are “not” vaccinated thus endangering everyone (even those who are already vaxed). This is not about your personal freedoms or liberty, it is about “TEAMWORK” to get beyond the pandemic event. “Reports of some fairly serious complications” are simply not true. They are spread to play upon your fears…

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