Report: 68 percent of NFL players have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

A health worker prepares to administers the Pfizer Covid-19
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Just under two weeks ago, the NFL’s chief medical officer Allen Sills said that 65 percent of the league’s players had received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Now with training camps starting at the end of the month, that number has gotten a little higher.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, 68 percent of players league-wide have now received at least one shot. As Pelissero points out, that outpaces the national rate of 67.1 percent and is well ahead of the national rate of 53 percent for men between 18-39.

Pelissero also reports that there are five teams on which 85 percent of players have received at least one shot. Plus, virtually all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel are vaccinated throughout the league.

The Steelers, Dolphins, and Saints were previously reported to have crossed the 85 percent threshold.

Coaches and other football staff are in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 category. If those individuals choose to not get the vaccine, they’re unable to work in person with players. That put an urgency on coaches to get vaccinated.

Players are not required to get a COVID-19 vaccine, but will face heavy restrictions if they choose not to do so for training camp and preseason games — including having to wear a mask at the facility, not being able to eat in the cafeteria with teammates, and not being able to leave the team hotel for road games.

20 responses to “Report: 68 percent of NFL players have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

  1. I highly doubt that figure, more than likely it’s around 58% have received at least one jab.

  2. CTE might be more prevalant than we thought.

    Get the shot people. You’re not smarter than scientists.

  3. I don’t understand why this isn’t closer to 100%. It must be a nuisance to follow all of the protocol necessary when not vaccinated. I agree nobody should be forced to be vaccinated but I can’t come up with a good reason not to other than they’re scared, which is a legitimate reason.

  4. Annapterp
    If you aren’t going to get the vaccine you scared, but if you’re willing to get an unapproved vaccine for a virus with a mortality rate over 99% you aren’t? If you say so.

  5. take the shot if you want, don’t if you don’t. grow up. move on.

  6. what is going on with the other 32% of the players? Interesting!

  7. Seems like an extremely low number considering 2 is the recommended dosage.

  8. As long as this thing has enough people to afflict we are going to have to worry every bleeping day, if a new variant has been produced that beats our armor. If Nature creates one that beats our shots we are ALL back to square bleeping 1. So have whatever opinion of these vaccines you want I’m sick of trying to tell people to care about the collective when they could care less about their own neighbor. You don’t care to get a shot then fine, dont bitch if things go backwards and you’re suddenly inconvenienced. And don’t worry, over the last couple months, the death toll has been 99% the unvaccinated nation wide so if you care to not for you, those you know, or everyone in general the odds will handle themselves.

  9. I thought it would be higher. I bet I can safely assume Tom Brady is not vaccinated. It would seem to go against everything he wrote about in his book.

  10. You’re an idiot if you don’t get the vaccine. 99% of covid deaths in June were people who did not take the vaccine.

  11. sterling7 says:
    July 7, 2021 at 5:56 pm
    Why not both shots-it doesn’t hurt!

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    Its not the shot its the ⁠Graphene oxide nanoparticles associated with the vaccines. Thats what HURTS.

  12. nite2al says:
    July 8, 2021 at 1:30 pm
    You’re an idiot if you don’t get the vaccine. 99% of covid deaths in June were people who did not take the vaccine.

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    99% of the deaths are from people over 70

  13. What’s the endgame for unvaxinated, just keep spreading it around until everyone has it at once? It won’t go away by itself.

  14. 5nite2al says:
    July 8, 2021 at 1:30 pm
    You’re an idiot if you don’t get the vaccine. 99% of covid deaths in June were people who did not take the vaccine.

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    99% of the deaths are from people over 70
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    Yeah, the deaths a 1000+ folks don’t matter too much.

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