Vaccinated players will be tested once every 14 days

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The training camp and preseason (and presumably regular season) protocols for the NFL and NFL Players Association will result in daily testing for players who have not been fully vaccinated. For players who have been fully vaccinated, the frequency of testing will be dramatically reduced.

According to the NFL, fully vaccinated players will be tested only once every 14 days.

That’s it. Once every two weeks. So in a five-month season from training camp until the end of the regular season, a vaccinated player will be tested roughly 11 times. A non-vaccinated player will be tested at least 150 times.

Players who haven’t been vaccinated and who don’t intend to be vaccinated may not like this, but that’s the practical impact of being vaccinated. Setting aside all other benefits to those who have chosen to receive the shot(s), players who have received the vaccination won’t have a swab jammed up their noses every day, every day. Every. Day.

That surely will cause any non-vaccinated players who are on the fence to go ahead and get stuck once or twice between now and late July, in order to avoid getting tested repeatedly.

51 responses to “Vaccinated players will be tested once every 14 days

  1. The real question is what will they do if someone who is vaccinated and asymptomatic get a positive test? If everyone in the NFL is vaccinated then it shouldn’t matter. Only the people choosing to not get the vaccine will be at risk – a risk they have every right to take but a risk still.

  2. Its so absurd at this point. not that these rules ever made sense to begin with, but now anyone who can wants the vaccine can get it, its your own risk.

    chris paul just tested positive for covid, and he was vaccinated and he still has to go through the protocols.

    john rahm was vaccinated when he was told he had to drop out of the tourny a few weeks ago because he ”tested positive” yet he was so sick he was cruising towards a major win.

    Also how about people who had covid naturally? i got it in march 2020 and haven’t gotten a sniffle since then, and its not because i wore a mask everywhere i went and hid inside my house away from people for a year and a half.

    no ones suggesting someone who never had covid, particularly, someone who is elderly or at high risk should get it naturally as opposed to the vaccine, but once you have had it already, no point on having to take a vaccine, even if there is a policy that everyone must be vaccinated, because you are vaccinated in that case.

  3. So I guess that’s what we do now? We push a vaccine on people because we tell them it’s safe and effective, yet we test players every 14 days for a virus that they’re vaccinated for…

  4. During the regular season wouldn’t it make more sense to test once per week, the day before (or morning of if they can get results in time) a game?

  5. The jab doesn’t stop transmission of the disease, it just lessons the symptoms for those infected, most people have the wrong idea.

  6. Of course they should be tested as the unvaccinated people have allowed new mutations to spread!

  7. Why are they even being tested? They did their part and got vaccinated it is not their responsibility to make sure those who didn’t get it don’t get covid.

    Sorry thats on them if you are vaccinated they shouldnt be checked at all.

  8. I applaud the NFL for the intelligent protocols. It’s a red-tinted shame the pandemic is still enabled to maim and kill in other areas of society.

  9. They’re not going to require it, but they are going to make things as difficult as possible for the players and coaches who aren’t vaccinated.

  10. The vaccine is something EVERYONE should take… the purpose of that is to cut down on the virus being able to mutate in unvaccinated people making the virus less effective in those that did get the vaccine…. It’s not that complicated people!!!

  11. Totally bizarre how “two weeks to flatten the curve” turned into “we’ll be indefinitely testing vaccinated people and acting like they aren’t vaccinated.”

  12. Doesn’t say a whole lot about this vaccine if we are still testing vaccinated people every two weeks. But not a shocker. This pandemic has made people crazy. We now have a society with chronic hypochondria. Going overboard is now the new normal.

  13. ghjjf says:

    Of course they should be tested as the unvaccinated people have allowed new mutations to spread!
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    For those of us that do not understand this: any virus, by nature, will mutate, causing different strains that we may or may not have an immunity for, regardless of vaccination status.
    Also, vaccination does not at all preclude being a carrier of a virus, merely that one’s immune system is “familiar” with the threat, and knows how to deal with it. I.e. a person that’s been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 very well could be carrying the virus sans symptoms and pass it along to someone else that’s been fully vaccinated.

  14. Why would u need to get tested if ur vaccinated?
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    Uhh, b/c you can still get COVID. Based on some of these replies, it’s obviously still not understood that neither the vaccine nor the natural antibodies from having COVID guarantees you won’t get it. And FYI if you had it: the antibodies degrade over time.

  15. The shot being given has a shelf life that is dependent upon the person who got the shot. Each of them got theirs at different times and the amount of time that shot is effective is different for everybody. It could be good for six months for one person, while only good for five for another…or eight for another person. This is why those that took the shot will be continuously getting retested to ensure it is still working, and when it is found that it is no longer working they will get another shot (or two).

    True of the general public as well, of course. Question is…will those shots always be “free”?

  16. Ch Ko says:
    June 17, 2021 at 9:30 am
    Why would u need to get tested if ur vaccinated?

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    Because the NFL is a multi billion dollar industry. They are going above the CDC guidelines to ensure there is no chance of cancelling games due to COVID.
    Getting the vaccines does not give you a 100% protection against all the variants. So, There is a slight chance you might still get it. I think the NFL just want to eliminate that chance.

  17. What’s the point of all this? The vaccinated players are protected by the vaccine so they don’t need tests, and the unvaccinated players have made a conscious decision to accept the risk. They should just stop testing altogether.

  18. This idea that we can stop all COVID transmission is an exercise in futility. It’s spreading to people even on fully vaccinated cruise ships. Society needs to understand that COVID is part of life now. We are never going to be rid of it. It’s endemic. The human race has only ever been able to fully eliminate one communicable pathogen, Smallpox. And that took over a century to achieve. “Two weeks to flatten the curve” has now turned into an endless and futile attempt to eliminate. And we are now willing to sacrifice any freedom and liberty in attempting to achieve that goal. And it’s going to drive society and the economy right into the ground.

  19. i think we are at the point where everyone who wants to be vaccinated is, and everyone who doesnt is not. those who do not, understand the risks and as adults have made the decision that they will live with the notion that they will fight off the virus. decisions have been made, i think its time to stop testing everyone and anyone.

  20. Why would u need to get tested if ur vaccinated?
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    Uhh, b/c you can still get COVID.

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    We overcorrect in this society to the point of ridiculousness. People just don’t want to move on….

  21. It’s like seat belts. They arent required by law to protect people who dont want to wear them. They are required by law to lessen the burden on hospitals and first responders who would have to deal with a dramatic increase in injury response vs accidents that would require none if seatbelts were worn.

    Sure, there are people who dont want to wear them because of their personal choice, which is fine. But you dont see a lot of people boldly proclaiming that seatbelts are MORE dangerous than a crash without one.

    This is the exact same thing, but seatbelts arent political and most people understand how a seatbelt works.

  22. One thing that I’ve not noticed (on this comment board) is that a vaccine usually takes 2 to 5 years to be cleared by the FDA, CDC, AMA and jump thru all the other hoops. For better or worse,”Operation Worpspeed”turned it around in basically a year. So, true troubleshooting of possible side effects was given a second place behind getting a vaccine. Everyone’s body chemistry is different (in small degrees)and in almost all vaccines there will side effects. To quote some on here: SUCK IT UP . . ..BUTTERCUP!!! IT’S A PANDEMIC . . . it’s not supposed (or will be) easy!!!

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  23. I’m pro vax but testing vaccinated players every two weeks is insane. If players choose not to get a vaccine, it’s on them. The same applies to everyone in society at this point. At least in this country, anyone who wants a vaccine can get it immediately. whether or not to get the shot, wear a mask, or just about anything else should be individual choice at this point. We are well past the stage of “public health mitigation.” Is this going to go on forever? And as for the vaccinated getting sick, it’s nearly impossible beyond “testing positive” and/or mild symptoms. All of these measures including testing, contact tracing and masking are pure theater at this point. Enough is enough.

  24. choctawbingo says:
    June 17, 2021 at 11:23 am
    It’s like seat belts. They arent required by law to protect people who dont want to wear them. They are required by law to lessen the burden on hospitals and first responders who would have to deal with a dramatic increase in injury response vs accidents that would require none if seatbelts were worn.

    Sure, there are people who dont want to wear them because of their personal choice, which is fine. But you dont see a lot of people boldly proclaiming that seatbelts are MORE dangerous than a crash without one.

    This is the exact same thing, but seatbelts arent political and most people understand how a seatbelt works.
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    How can you possibly draw a comparison between wearing a seatbelt and having an experimental vaccine injected into your body?

  25. omg …Stop with the whining! When are people going to get it through their “solid bone from the neck up” skulls. It’s not about you!! It’s about spreading the virus if you get it. So you’re young and healthy and aren’t really affected…how about the person at risk that you give it to, who then dies?! How about your family? Your children? Your grandmother? The newborn baby? Go to a few funerals and then find the words to justify your self-centered decision.

  26. “Why would u need to get tested if ur vaccinated?”

    You can still carry the virus, if you are vaccinated, you likely won’t get sick, but you can still spread it to others…..and since not all players are willing to get vaccinated, they are at risk of catching it from a vaccinated person.

    If all players got vaccinated, they could stop the testing.

    and, btw….mRNA vaccines technology was developed over 12 years ago and has been thoroughly tested. THe biggest question was effectiveness, which we now know is about 90-95%

  27. First, 99% of the components in this vaccine have been used for years, gone through complete trials and encountered with virtually no side effects. Second, the subject vaccines have gone through advanced clinical studies — the FDA red tape delays were removed. Third, millions have been vaccinated without the world tuning into the next episode of the walking dead. Lastly, NFL players have been putting far, far more dangerous drugs into their system to either enhance performance or get on the field. It’s amazing how politics can impact a simple medical issue.

  28. Shows just how effective they believe the vaccine is… They’re forcing you to get something that they clearly don’t believe works…

  29. It’s almost like the people running this league (country) have no idea what they are doing.

  30. Fear is a Liar says:
    June 17, 2021 at 11:39 am
    choctawbingo says:
    June 17, 2021 at 11:23 am
    It’s like seat belts. They arent required by law to protect people who dont want to wear them. They are required by law to lessen the burden on hospitals and first responders who would have to deal with a dramatic increase in injury response vs accidents that would require none if seatbelts were worn.

    Sure, there are people who dont want to wear them because of their personal choice, which is fine. But you dont see a lot of people boldly proclaiming that seatbelts are MORE dangerous than a crash without one.

    This is the exact same thing, but seatbelts arent political and most people understand how a seatbelt works.
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    How can you possibly draw a comparison between wearing a seatbelt and having an experimental vaccine injected into your body?
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    Because there exists a level of understanding of the vaccine that is comparable to engineering a seat belt. You call it experimental like that makes it an unknown or of random chance because that seems scary, but that’s because you dont understand it.

    To be clear, I dont pretend to understand it to that level, just like I couldn’t give you technical specifications on the seat belt mechanism in my car. However, consider the analogy if I go further: the vaccine is scary because people are different and infections are different. Similarly, all car crashes and drivers and passengers are different.

    To point out uncertainty in vaccines is the same as saying your seat belt might cause you to drown, or burn, or break your ribs in a crash. Even worse, there is far less oversight in seat belt design and production. Some have been known to unbuckle in collisions, or the mounting points are weak.

    To dwell on the uncertainty of what you dont understand about the vaccine is no different than saying a seat belt could harm you, so seat belts are scary, and you shouldn’t have to wear one.

    Furthermore, everything is “experimental” on some timeline. Dont let your comfort or that determination be based on politics instead of science and hundreds of millions of data points. I know a certain former president that could have a similar effect on seat belt usage if that was his target.

    And if you dont agree with the idea that he could send a tweet about seat belts being dangerous and being a personal choice, and that said tweet would have a significant impact on seat belt usage, then I dont know what else I can say.

  31. itsizzi says:

    how about the person at risk that you give it to, who then dies?!

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    I’d say if someone is in a high risk group then they should get the vaccine to protect themselves. It’s not up to healthy 20-something year olds to do that on anyone else’s behalf

  32. radar8 says:
    June 17, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    “and, btw….mRNA vaccines technology was developed over 12 years ago and has been thoroughly tested. THe biggest question was effectiveness, which we now know is about 90-95%”

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    um actually mRNA vaccine technology may have been developed over 12 years ago, but has never been put into use until now. Do the research not a single mRNA vaccine or any other type of treatment has FDA approval. Emergency Use Authorization is different than approval. Basically and understandably so we had to get something to market to stop people from dying and to the best of everybody’s knowledge this thing is safe and effective in the short term, but we have no idea what the long term effects will be on the human immune system and we won’t have any idea for 5-10 years. That is a fact.

  33. The seat belt analogy doesn’t work because not wearing seat belts isn’t contagious.

    That being said, I think testing vaccinated players and personnel who aren’t showing symptoms is stupid. The approved vaccines work, and we should be treating them like they do, even if they aren’t perfect. I think the NFL is just trying to limit liability.

  34. Either the vaccine prevents you from getting covid or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t and you’re going to test vaccinated players then why would you test them less than non vaccinated?

  35. itsizzi says:
    June 17, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    omg …Stop with the whining! When are people going to get it through their “solid bone from the neck up” skulls. It’s not about you!! It’s about spreading the virus if you get it. So you’re young and healthy and aren’t really affected…how about the person at risk that you give it to, who then dies?! How about your family? Your children? Your grandmother? The newborn baby? Go to a few funerals and then find the words to justify your self-centered decision.
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    First, you know nothing by suggesting that children and newborn babies are at any serious risk from this virus. They’re at greater risk from the seasonal flu but we don’t force the entire population to get vaccinated for that.

    Second, people who are at risk should be vaccinated, so why are they in danger from an unvaccinated person? If they want to take the risk, that’s their decision. Does this thing work or not?

    Third, if I have symptoms, I would quarantine myself. I wouldn’t be out passing it around to other people.

    Finally, you’ll say I could transmit the virus if I have it but am asymptomatic. Let’s set aside for a moment that asymptomatic spread doesn’t really happen, according to Fauci himself and decades of science. If we’re worried about asymptomatic spread, you’re giving people a vaccine that doesn’t prevent you from contracting the virus but does make it more likely you’re asymptomatic. So the vaccinated are just as likely as the unvaccinated to spread the virus. Why are we doing this again?

  36. choctawbingo says:
    June 17, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Furthermore, everything is “experimental” on some timeline. Dont let your comfort or that determination be based on politics instead of science and hundreds of millions of data points. I know a certain former president that could have a similar effect on seat belt usage if that was his target.

    And if you dont agree with the idea that he could send a tweet about seat belts being dangerous and being a personal choice, and that said tweet would have a significant impact on seat belt usage, then I dont know what else I can say.
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    You’re the one who is making it political. Trump is the one who got this vaccine fast-tracked and he’s a big proponent of getting vaccinated. Your assumptions that those choosing not to be vaccinated are Trump supporters and Trump is encouraging it are demonstrably false. Some people are able to do their own research and make their own decisions rather than doing whatever a politician tells them to do.

  37. newvillaloans says:
    June 17, 2021 at 9:48 am
    Comply…or be tortured until you comply
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    Don’t be such a drama queen! I have had the test a few times and it’s hardly torture, slightly uncomfortable but no worse than when you are about to sneeze. Calm down!

  38. Fear is a Liar says:
    June 17, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    You’re the one who is making it political. Trump is the one who got this vaccine fast-tracked and he’s a big proponent of getting vaccinated. Your assumptions that those choosing not to be vaccinated are Trump supporters and Trump is encouraging it are demonstrably false. Some people are able to do their own research and make their own decisions rather than doing whatever a politician tells them to do.
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    I’m not making it political, one of my original assertions was it is political and that’s backed up by dozens of surveys and articles. No, the former president didnt claim to be anti vaccine, but his anti mask stance definitely carries over. Republicans are far more likely to resist vaccination. That’s just reality.

    The problem with some people doing their own research is most people arent very good at it. If the conclusion of your research is just to say, “we dont know 100 percent about what will happen with the vaccine in 5-10 years, so it cant be trusted” while ignoring the obvious negative effects of the virus with greater chances for adverse effects we dont know about in the future, then I have to question your motives and assumptions prior to doing research, because it doesnt seem like a reasonable and objective conclusion to decide the vaccine is more dangerous than the virus.

  39. kissbillsrings says:
    June 17, 2021 at 10:01 am
    The vaccine is something EVERYONE should take… the purpose of that is to cut down on the virus being able to mutate in unvaccinated people making the virus less effective in those that did get the vaccine…. It’s not that complicated people!!!”…………

    AND WHERE DOES IT STOP? I’m a bit over 60 and healthy. I absolutely refuse to get it. Period

  40. This is temporary. I read MI is dropping all covid restrictions soon vaccinated or not. Soon other states will follow.

  41. I have a health issue that is leading me to choose to not get it. As a result, some people and businesses are choosing to exclude me. I will do the same.

  42. Why not implement antibody testing instead?
    The whole point of vaccination is to develop antibodies. People who have not been vaccinated could have had COVID or been exposed and developed antibodies. It’s more accurate than hoping vaccination works (not always effective) and could clear many who have not been vaccinated.

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