Colts, Washington have NFL’s lowest vaccination rates at below 50 percent

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Two NFL teams have still failed to get most of their players vaccinated.

The Colts and the Washington Football Team are still under 50 percent vaccinated, according to Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press.

That’s an update to a previous report that had the Colts and Washington joining the Chargers and Cardinals as the only four teams with less than 50 percent of players vaccinated. The Chargers and Cardinals have since topped the 50 percent threshold, according to the report.

Everyone should get vaccinated, as the vaccine is safe and effective against COVID-19. But NFL players are not required to get vaccinated, and some are choosing not to. Those players will have greater restrictions than their vaccinated teammates, with rules such as requiring unvaccinated players to wear masks in settings where vaccinated players don’t need to, and requiring unvaccinated players to get tested daily while vaccinated players don’t have to.

Teams that have 85 percent of their players vaccinated will have fewer restrictions in their team facilities. Washington and Indianapolis have a long way to go.

21 responses to “Colts, Washington have NFL’s lowest vaccination rates at below 50 percent

  1. I’m surprised Washington is so low. They’re a team on the rise and it would seem they’d be highly motivated to gain any competitive advantage they could. The Cowboys are probably loving this.

  2. The vaccine is still a personal choice. While many have been vaccinated (myself included), many others have made a different choice. At the end of the day, it is still their choice, with some different privileges and consequences. We still have to respect their choice and not chastise them for it.

  3. You are missing a really key point. Right now the rosters are bloated with players that will end up being cut. In the case of the colts and redskins – maybe the players who will make the team have taken the antivirus – and in September their percentage immunized will skyrocket. In like manner maybe some of the teams with higher vaccinated players – have most of their starters unvaccinated. So at cut time their number of vaccinated will plummet.

    Giving a raw number now doesn’t really provide enough relevant data without knowing who is and who isn’t. (Which will never be publicly listed in whole)

  4. Teams shouldn’t have to pay millions to players who choose not to get vaccinated and get sick.
    If its a ‘personal choice’ to not take basic precautions then it should be ok for a team to not pay them.

    Also – this will factor into who makes the team. If you are a good player you can get away with it, if a marginal player, you may be cut in late August.

  5. In the context of freedom of choice we can also accept that teams should assertively inform all players at or invited to their training camps. This should include experts, video presentations and the latest health data. We do know, for example: 1. that severe vaccine side effects are very rare, and 2. that 97% of current covid hospitalizations are unvaccinated individuals. Those facts should make the choice of whether to get vaccinated obvious.

  6. There is one inescapable fact…
    99%+ of new cases are from NON fully vaccinated people.
    99%+ of hospitalizations are from NON fully vaccinated people.
    99%+ of deaths are from NON fully vaccinated people.

    Not rocket science.

  7. Everyone should get vaccinated, as the vaccine is safe and effective against COVID-19.

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    Why should so a person who already had and recovered from Covid get vaccinated?

  8. elwaysgoldenarm7 says:
    July 17, 2021 at 12:51 pm
    Players Body..
    Players Choice..

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    True, We all have the right to not get vaccinated. But that doesn`t change the fact whether it`s a NFL player or a regular person it is a selfish decision . Even if your afraid of being vaccinated you can`t honestly think teams with over 85% vaccinations won`t have a huge advantage over teams that don`t. From having meetings in person compared to virtual and building chemistry and less chance of players, especially from the same position group to miss games because of covid the differences are huge and will effect teams chances of winning. Players are putting their fears ahead of facts. I didn`t get vaccinated because i was afraid of getting covid. I got vaccinated because it is the best way to help everybody get their lives back to normal. Don`t live in fear of covid or the vaccine just think about people other than yourself.

  9. If you choose to not get vaccinated, that’s fine – but don’t expect to receive the same privileges as those who do get vaccinated. How can you argue this with any validity? We are dealing with a contagious disease.

  10. nyfootballgiants says:
    July 17, 2021 at 10:48 am
    You are missing a really key point. Right now the rosters are bloated with players that will end up being cut. In the case of the colts and redskins – maybe the players who will make the team have taken the antivirus – and in September their percentage immunized will skyrocket. In like manner maybe some of the teams with higher vaccinated players – have most of their starters unvaccinated. So at cut time their number of vaccinated will plummet.

    Giving a raw number now doesn’t really provide enough relevant data without knowing who is and who isn’t. (Which will never be publicly listed in whole)
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    Well 45 of the final 53 have to be vaccinated to get to 85% If less than half are vaccinated they don`t have 45 now even with bloated rosters.

  11. This is a matter of freedom of choice. But make an informed medical decision, not a political one. And if you want to be influenced by politics, please focus on the sole reason that the vaccine received emergency approval in a breathtakingly swift time period—the former president’s historically successful Operation Warp Speed program.

  12. Why should so a person who already had and recovered from Covid get vaccinated?

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    Why? Because there are new variants of COVID-19 (especially Delta) that’s highly contagious that they won’t be immune to.

  13. True the world is going to end someday. But using our brains instead of relying on politics and politicians will help us delay that day.

  14. The braying about infringement of personal liberties is mindless. We accept many “infringements” of personal liberties in our daily routines in the interest of public welfare. For example we set speed limits on the highways (and in child play and school zones) to protect the public welfare. We accept the need for quarantines in health emergencies. We accept the need to restrict any right to extract personal revenge in favor of a police and judicial system. There are many other examples.

    Complete personal liberty is known as anarchy. No country can function with complete “personal liberty.” The only issue is when public interest justifies limiting individual rights and whether the limits are reasonable. Call me crazy but a pandemic that has killed millions worldwide and keeps evolving to kill more justifies some action, and a vaccine that is demonstrably effective is not unreasonable for the overwhelming majority of people. Not to mention the cost of treating people -including so-called long haulers – who don’t get vaccinated is typically borne by the rest of us.

    But maybe we should just accept the advice of Newsmax and let those people who believe the vaccine will change their DNA continue on their path and thereby thin the herd of ignorant people.

  15. That stinks if you are a fan of the Colts, sitting inside with the unvaccinated!

  16. Washington…..the belly of the beast.
    They know the lay of the land and what’s up

  17. At the very least, you would think these young men would get the vaccine to better protect Ron Rivera. It’s pretty sad really.

  18. Based on the reasons provided by the handful of Washington players for not getting the vaccine, it appears that they are largely misinformed to be kind as to the virus and vaccines in general. Being a long suffering fan of this team I can easily see this season destroyed by a COVID breakout during the season. Book it. People have a right to make their own decisions, but losing out on the Olympics, a football season, not to mention dying or killing someone else because you choose to get your medical information from Facebook or Some talking head on a news show is pathetic.

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