Report: A sixth team tops the league’s 85 percent vaccine threshold

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Teams on which 85 percent of players are vaccinated will receive relaxed COVID-19 protocols for this season. Still, vaccination rates aren’t climbing quite as fast as the NFL and its teams likely had hoped.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that a sixth team topped the threshold Thursday.

The Steelers, Dolphins and Saints previously were reported to have crossed the 85 percent threshold. The other three teams are unknown.

The league-wide vaccination rate now is over 69 percent, according to Pelissero.

A important deadline comes Monday when a player would need to get a second shot (or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine) to be fully vaccinated by the time most teams report to camp July 27.

Virtually all Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel are vaccinated throughout the league. Coaches and other football staff are in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 category. If those individuals choose not to get the vaccine, they are prohibited from working in person with players.

Players are not required to be vaccinated but face COVID-19 protocols if they choose not to do so. Those restrictions include a mandatory mask mandate at the facility, not being allowed to eat in the cafeteria with teammates and being forced to remain in the team hotel during any off time for road games.

17 responses to “Report: A sixth team tops the league’s 85 percent vaccine threshold

  1. Those dim bulbs in Buffalo can expect a huge competitive disadvantage this year. But hey, 3rd place in the division is a choice.

  2. yeahbut says:
    July 8, 2021 at 9:21 pm
    Those dim bulbs in Buffalo can expect a huge competitive disadvantage this year. But hey, 3rd place in the division is a choice.

    Hoping the win the whole thing and Josh Allen and Cole Beasley are co-MVP’s.

  3. While it is everyone’s personal choice whether or not to take the vaccine, it is important to remember that this choice has an effect on your teammates and the team itself. I would surely think long and hard before subjecting my team or and teammates to hardship as the result of some personal stance against a vaccine. All for one and one for all. Sacrifices are part of life… Especially in this case where the sacrifice is so small.

  4. While it is everyone’s personal choice whether or not to take the vaccine, it is important to remember that this choice has an effect on your teammates and the team itself. I would surely think long and hard before subjecting my team and or teammates to hardship as the result of some personal stance against a vaccine. All for one and one for all. Sacrifices are part of life… Especially in this case where the sacrifice is so small.

  5. Good news. Keep it going. Science is true whether you believe it or not.

  6. While it is everyone’s personal choice whether or not to take the vaccine, it is important to remember that this choice has an effect on your teammates and the team itself. I would surely think long and hard before subjecting my team and or teammates to hardship as the result of some personal stance against a vaccine. All for one and one for all. Sacrifices are part of life… Especially in this case where the sacrifice is so small.
    ….Isn’t it interesting the negative reviews on this were about 50%. Why would anyone want to see players go down and potentially ruin the season for all? Where does the belief there is danger come from when the side effects are so minimal among the 100 plus million shots administered thus far?

  7. Who are the teams bringing up the rear? They just announced the league average is just under 70% and if there are 6 teams over 85% which would mean there’d have to be teams barely past 50%. To be that far behind is rather strange and would likely speak to some sort of organizational issues since I don’t think you could blame regional differences in attitudes since most players don’t play for teams from the same areas they are from.

  8. With booster shots rolling out in the next few months due to the failing efficacy of the original shots will the NFL actively monitor the booster shot rate of teams and enforce COVID protocols against teams that met the original vaccine percentage rate but are slow to get boosters? In other words is this about the “science” or just PR?

  9. I am truly surprised by these numbers. I understand the fringe (well, I don’t understand them) will always be there in these matters, but I figured the percent to be closer to %90/10 ratio.

    HEY PLAYERS! You’re going to have a better chance of winning if your team is %100 vaccinated.

    This won’t be popular, but as coach I’d say; No shot? No play.

  10. Kudos to them … I’m still not taking the Jab .

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    I guess the pin prick must scare you to death! More so than the possibility of spending months in a hospital maybe on a respirator. Or maybe giving the disease to someone you love that may be more susceptible.

  11. I don’t gamble. But even I see that the teams who have their QB vaccinated have a competitive advantage. If you’re QB can go *poof* into Covid close contact protocol at the drop of a hat because he isn’t that adds uncertainty to the one position capable of moving point spreads. Again I don’t gamble(family lesson learned), but some smart betters are going to quantify this advantage, combined with schedules and cold weather pushing people together indoors more. Team win totals and matchups specifically once normal cold flu season starts seem to be most likely effected. Top end LT for pocket QBs (Right handed) maybe to a lesser degree also

  12. knightwanderer says:
    July 9, 2021 at 5:43 pm
    I don’t gamble. But even I see that the teams who have their QB vaccinated have a competitive advantage. If you’re QB can go *poof* into Covid close contact protocol at the drop of a hat because he isn’t that adds uncertainty to the one position capable of moving point spreads. Again I don’t gamble(family lesson learned), but some smart betters are going to quantify this advantage, combined with schedules and cold weather pushing people together indoors more. Team win totals and matchups specifically once normal cold flu season starts seem to be most likely effected. Top end LT for pocket QBs (Right handed) maybe to a lesser degree also

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    I don’t gamble either, but if I did I cant see how vaccination status of players/teams would not become factors that need to be weighed seriously.

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