Teams are required to develop method to visually identify fully-vaccinated players

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Training camps open soon. Last week, the NFL sent a five-page memo to all teams regarding a wide range of issues relating to the ongoing pandemic, with both protocol updates and responses to frequently asked questions.

PFT has obtained a copy of the memo, and we’ll post a few of the more important items in order to highlight the most significant aspects of the guidance provided by the league.

Here’s the first thing that stands out — teams must have a system for visually identifying fully-vaccinated Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees at the facility. Players and coaches fall within Tier 1.

“We recommend utilizing color coded wristbands or credentials, however clubs are free to implement other methods,” the memo explains.

Thus, players who aren’t vaccinated will stand out when in the facility, because among other things they won’t have the wristband or badge or whatever else a team chooses to use. It’s unclear whether this requirement will apply when on the practice field or during games.

22 responses to “Teams are required to develop method to visually identify fully-vaccinated players

  1. What we need is a method to easily identify the people who refuse to get vaccinated. I have a right to know who I should avoid to protect my health.

  2. ^ That makes no sense. ^ If you’re vaccinated you it doesn’t matter who else around you isn’t. That’s the whole point of being vaccinated.

  3. Scary world we live in when we have to physically mark people who have or haven’t gotten something. Think about this for a minute folks, please think stop and think. Don’t live in fear of everyone whether vaxed or not.

  4. supercharger says:
    July 16, 2021 at 6:07 pm
    ^ That makes no sense. ^ If you’re vaccinated you it doesn’t matter who else around you isn’t. That’s the whole point of being vaccinated.
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    It certainly does matter. The whole point of being vaccinated is to stop a worldwide pandemic, to protect me, you, and everyone else.

  5. I’m fine with the NFL doing this because it will help them better enforce their protocols. I’m not fine with state governments requiring a similar behavior from civilians.

  6. It is not your fundamental right to play in the NFL… It is a Privilege. Therefore, follow the rules. People throughout this entire pandemic are confusing rights vs. privilege.

  7. “What we need is a method to easily identify the people who refuse to get vaccinated. I have a right to know who I should avoid to protect my health.”

    Well, you could stay home. Pretty sad you have to rely on others to feel better about yourself and your situation.

  8. supercharger says:
    July 16, 2021 at 6:07 pm
    ^ That makes no sense. ^ If you’re vaccinated you it doesn’t matter who else around you isn’t. That’s the whole point of being vaccinated.
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    You can still catch COVID and spread it if you are vaccinated, it just won’t kill or hospitalize you. Look at the NY Yankees, they just had a number of vaccinated players catch COVID.

  9. The truth is not being vaccinated increases the risk of variants spreading unabated. While we know that the vaccines are protective towards the Delta variant, we really don’t know what the virus roaming freely thanks to the unvaccinated will morph into next. The vaccines may not be effective against future variants. This is the real concern of why vaccinated people ought to fear the unvaccinated ones. Nothing wrong with pointing out who the unvaccinated people are so care can be taken around them. Negative votes doesn’t change this truth. Vaccinations are critically important for us to rid ourselves of this virus. To get to herd immunity (we are far from it), we need over 80% of the population fully vaccinated. Otherwise there is always a risk of surges. Unless we take it seriously, there is a risk of not being able to attend games again this year.

  10. gibson45 says:
    July 16, 2021 at 5:21 pm
    What we need is a method to easily identify the people who refuse to get vaccinated. I have a right to know who I should avoid to protect my health.

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    If you simply get the vaccination yourself you wont need to continue running around worrying about your personal contacts like that.

  11. Getting vaccinated DRASTICALLY REDUCES your chance of dying. Like, 98%.

    After you eliminate, to the extent possible, the risk of DEATH, you can still contract the virus. You won’t die — because you were SMART and got vaccinated — but COVID can STILL destroy your SENSE OF SMELL, destroy your SENSE OF TASTE and ability to enjoy food, etc., even if you are already vaccinated. Google “Long COVID”.

    This isn’t difficult to understand. It’s not complicated. However, nothing can help you, your loved ones, or the rest of us if you choose to remain selfish, stubborn, and ignorant.

  12. “but COVID can STILL destroy your SENSE OF SMELL, destroy your SENSE OF TASTE and ability to enjoy food, etc., even if you are already vaccinated. Google “Long COVID”.”

    It also creates abnormalities in the lungs that will likely cause breathing problems later in life, abnormalities in the brain that increase risk of strokes, abnormalities in your heart that increase change of heart disease and heart attacks.

    And recently they are finding that it can also cause ED in men, and a form that viagra and cialis do not cure.

    The delta variant is much more contagious, if you have it you shed far more virus around you than the earlier variant, and 99.5% of deaths now are from delta.

    And while being vaxed most likely means you won’t be hospitalized or die, you can still infect people around you who have been foolish and not gotten the jabs.

    But by and large the people refusing to get vaxed are extremely selfish people who care nothing about their fellow Americans so its not unexpected that they will continue to refuse to get vaxed.

    What they are also doing is filling up Darwin’s Waiting Room for their turn with delta and the ventilator. Hope they enjoy it

  13. This makes perfect sense. First of all, too many people have been too ignorant to get the vaccine (yeah, ignorant) and as a consequence, variants are on the uptick and there’s no promise that the vaccines will withstand those mutations.

    Furthermore,if you feel so strongly about ignoring the opportunity to protect yourself during the current climate, why feel shy about letting others know? It was pretty obvious when those folks refused to wear a mask or wear it properly. They’re already comfortable with being identified.

    It sure is nice to live in the wealthiest country in the world who leveraged our great technological and economic advantages to actually have an overabundance of vaccines while others in poorer nations can only hope….and thumb your nose at it. Be a team player and get the vaccine.

  14. Love how players will have no problem taking supplements that include banned substances. But when it comes to the Vaccine they have to do more research.

  15. I agree. We should make them wear a little yellow cloth star of some sort or another pinned to their lapels at all times, and create a separate set of rules for them to live under while segregating them from society at large. That way we’ll be able to identify the politically objectionable on sight. It’s for your security, after all. What could go wrong?

  16. If the vaccine prevent severe disease or death, it’s still the choice of the person to not get vaccinated. But if there is a scientific proof that non vaccinated people are the main source of variants, then I think they have an obligation to get vaccinated, because they put others at risk, and maintain the pandemic nightmare.

  17. Godzilla says:
    July 17, 2021 at 4:27 am
    gibson45 says:
    July 16, 2021 at 5:21 pm
    What we need is a method to easily identify the people who refuse to get vaccinated. I have a right to know who I should avoid to protect my health.

    *********************************

    If you simply get the vaccination yourself you wont need to continue running around worrying about your personal contacts like that.
    _________________

    If this was only true. Unfortunately, the unvaccinated are causing the virus to mutate, and eventually a mutation will occur that the vaccines will be ineffective against. One also must be concerned about the additional infectious diseases that the unvaccinated are undoubtedly carrying around.

  18. ^ That makes no sense. ^ If you’re vaccinated you it doesn’t matter who else around you isn’t. That’s the whole point of being vaccinated.
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    It certainly does matter. The whole point of being vaccinated is to stop a worldwide pandemic, to protect me, you, and everyone else.

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    I see vaccinated people shaking hands with everyone. They are the ones spreading the virus. Just because they are vaccinated and feel they are protected doesn’t mean they should spread the virus to those who are not vaccinated.

  19. gibson45 says:
    Unfortunately, the unvaccinated are causing the virus to mutate, and eventually a mutation will occur that the vaccines will be ineffective against. One also must be concerned about the additional infectious diseases that the unvaccinated are undoubtedly carrying around.
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    I agree. The Delta variant is a serious warning already. Let’s hope we don’t get a new variant worse than this one. All is needed is a patient zero for a new variant, like it’s been the case for the original virus and subsequent known variants so far.

  20. jacksonrr3 says:
    July 17, 2021 at 10:51 am
    Love how players will have no problem taking supplements that include banned substances. But when it comes to the Vaccine they have to do more research.

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    Great comment.

  21. I’m trying to figure out how this isn’t a HIPPA violation. I am not required by law to disclose this information to my employer (they can ask, but I do not have to answer)… but to do so in a visual manner forcing you to disclose to the world your health status?

    I truly do fear what this world is coming to in regards to our freedoms. It’s sad what so many are willing to give up for the illusion of safety.

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