65 percent of NFL players have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

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A report earlier this week indicated that the Steelers are the third team to have over 85 percent of their players fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and word on Friday is that rates around the league continue to tick upward.

NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills said, via Adam Schefter of ESPN, that 65 percent of the league’s players have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. Schefter notes that that rate is in line with the country as a whole and a higher than the vaccination rates of people who are between 18 and 39-years-old.

A report earlier this month put the number of players with at least one dose at over 50 percent and that 16 teams had more than 50 of their players vaccinated.

The restrictions put in place for what unvaccinated players will be able to do during the preseason and training camp as opposed to those that have been fully vaccinated have likely helped push some players to get their shots. Those restrictions include not being able to eat with teammates, not being able to leave the team hotel on the road and mask-wearing requirements that will not be in place for vaccinated teammates.

18 responses to “65 percent of NFL players have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

  1. 35 percent of players can’t be bothered to greatly reduce the likelihood of making others around them sick and potentially killing them, even with a freely available and safe vaccine.

  2. I’m not anti-vax. I’ve had vaccines in the past. But I’m not getting an mRNA vaccine. They need more traditional alternatives that people trust, and not keep pushing this new stuff that has limited long term data.

  3. The remaining 35% need to off their dead butts and get the shot. Covid needs to be a non-issue in the NFL this season.

  4. jerry292 says:
    June 25, 2021 at 1:37 pm
    I’m not anti-vax. I’ve had vaccines in the past. But I’m not getting an mRNA vaccine. They need more traditional alternatives that people trust, and not keep pushing this new stuff that has limited long term data.
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    I wonder if your opinion might be different if you had a loved one who died of COVID. And I wonder if that loved one would have wished they had the opportunity to be vaccinated rather than die unnecessarily.

  5. More than I expected, less than I hoped. Misinformation has done a number to our society

  6. 2/3 of players care about their teams and teammates, 1/3 of players are selfish and ignorant.

  7. There is an adage that for NFL players, there is no greater ability than availability. While players have a personal choice on whether to get vaccinated, coaches and GM’s have responsibility to to the entire roster, organization and league that is greater than any one individual’s preference. Why should they trust someone who could hurt the entire team for selfish reasons?

  8. IF YOUR VACCINE WORKS FOR YOU,
    WHY DO I NEED TO GET IT?
    IF YOUR VACCINE DOESNT WORK FOR YOU,
    WHY DO I NEED TO GET IT?

  9. ackattack22 says:
    June 25, 2021 at 2:20 pm
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    I wonder if your opinion might be different if you had a loved one who died of COVID. And I wonder if that loved one would have wished they had the opportunity to be vaccinated rather than die unnecessarily.
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    Not OP, but I wonder if your opinion would be different if you realized getting this so called “Vax” does not actually stop you from getting infected, nor does it stop you from spreading it. There’s an argument to be made that since this vax only supresses the symptoms, you not knowing you had it could make you spread it even more recklessly bc you wouldn’t be isolating since you may not have symptoms.

    Lots to think about eh? I’m pretty certain you’re not aware of the public data regarding covid vax injury reports. The media doesn’t talk about it. It’s through the roof. People dying, seriously injured. Way way higher than any other standard and proven vaccine. And they aren’t even truly counting all the injury/death cases.

  10. Just like you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, you can’t teach dumb people how to do something smart.

  11. Yeah it’s selfish to not want subject yourself to serious side effects including death. You people have seriously lost any logical thinking skills, you just now down and do what you are told

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