NFL, NFLPA working on method for identifying vaccinated players at practices, during games

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Various players have declined to reveal whether they’ve been vaccinated against COVID. Ultimately, it could be impossible for them to conceal that fact.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL and NFL Players Association are working out the details for identifying vaccinated players during practices and games. It’s regarded as a “core concern,” the source explained.

Obviously, if visual proof will distinguish vaccinated from non-vaccinated players, fans and media will see it, too. Which means that it will be impossible for those who have chosen not to be vaccinated to keep that information secret.

The NFL already has implemented a requirement within team facilities that vaccinated players be quickly identified by a device like a wristband or a credential.

As players who haven’t been (and don’t intend to be) vaccinated become aware of this wrinkle, they may be unhappy. It’s possible, if not likely, that quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen have not received the vaccine. (It’s also entirely possible that Tom Brady hasn’t been vaccinated, either, given his well-documented aversion to all kinds of chemicals.)

Regardless of who has or hasn’t or will or won’t be vaccinated, the question becomes irrelevant once the league and union finalize a method for quickly and easily distinguishing the vaccinated from the non-vaccinated.

27 responses to “NFL, NFLPA working on method for identifying vaccinated players at practices, during games

  1. I can not list how many HIPPA violations identifying vaccinated players breaks.

  2. cletuspstillwaterjr, you can’t list how many HIPPA violations this breaks because the answer is zero.

  3. It seems that more players are vaccinated than unvaccinated so why would the vaccinated players have to be identified? Purely for simplicity sake, why wouldn’t they identify the smaller group of players?

  4. HIPAA (not HIPPA) does not apply to employers or schools or such, thus why schools can get your vaccination records and your boss can require a doctor’s note when you’re sick, or the NFL can make you wear a colored bracelet if you’re unvaccinated, though that opens a whole can of worms.

  5. Stop with the false narrative HIPPA violations crap! People for decades have had to get extra vacancies just to study or work in many parts healthcare. As well as private companies with employees who travel overseas. The less people vaccinated at large companies where the workers are in close proximity… the higher their liability insurance and such will be.

  6. With all the vaccinated people testing positive for COVID recently this seems irrelevant.

  7. With all the vaccinated people testing positive for COVID recently this seems irrelevant.
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    Yes, there will be break through infections, BUT , those dying due to COVID-19 and those in the hospital are the UNVACCINATED!
    As the CDC director said COVID 19 is now a disease of the UNVACCINATED!

  8. Next up, yellow stars on a player’s jersey identifying them as choosing not to get the vaccine

  9. I expect this to become a much bigger story as deaths from the vaccine rise. We’re currently at 11k in the U.S. and counting according to CDC data. It will be very interesting to see how the NFL manages this situation, especially if some players who are not vaccinated become vocal about the situation.

  10. So, they’re saying if Lamar Jackson (or any player), who had COVID, doesn’t get a vaccine, he will have to wear a special bracelet? I think the NFL could open themselves up to a lot of lawsuits. Forcing some of the healthiest individuals to inject themselves with something they already have in their bodies is medical malpractice.

  11. Just because you have had Covid-19 does not mean you should not be vaccinated! You will not be protected against the newest and more serious variants.

  12. golions1 says:
    July 18, 2021 at 10:16 am
    Vaccinated people have little to fear from unvaccinated people.

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    I like this point and figure if a person does the right thing taking care of their own self they can then go forth with their life and let others worry about their own selves and live with their own consequences whatever those may or may not ever turn out to be.

  13. Godzilla says:
    July 18, 2021 at 5:10 pm
    golions1 says:
    July 18, 2021 at 10:16 am
    Vaccinated people have little to fear from unvaccinated people.

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    I like this point and figure if a person does the right thing taking care of their own self they can then go forth with their life and let others worry about their own selves and live with their own consequences whatever those may or may not ever turn out to be.

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    This makes perfect sense. But too many people get off on controlling the behavior of others. It’s about power

  14. golions1 says:
    July 18, 2021 at 10:16 am
    Vaccinated people have little to fear from unvaccinated people.
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    Yet based on the conversation regarding vaccines, it would appear that a significant percentage of vaccinated people are terrified on unvaccinated people.

  15. nonparity says:

    cletuspstillwaterjr, you can’t list how many HIPPA violations this breaks because the answer is zero.
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    Being forced to were an identifier that broadcasts medical status is a violation of the player’s/patient’s privacy. The vaccination status is not being shared with the just employer but with everyone including the press and other players. What is next different colored bracelets for hepatitis, HIV, or other contagious diseases? Yes this is a violation of the patient’s privacy.

  16. Just tell them its a performance enhancing drug that they wont get suspended for. There will be no further questions about what goes in their bodies they will line right up.

  17. With all the vaccinated people testing positive for COVID recently this seems irrelevant. ———— / ———– / ——– Vaccinated people who test positive (very rare, by the way) usually exhibit no symptoms, are very rarely hospitalized, and almost never die as a result. So, yeah, not irrelevant.

  18. They first need to find out who has the antibodies, either from vax or previous infection. That’s the logical route to take. Who has the current ability to fight off the clinical disease, not so much the SARS Cov 2 infection.

  19. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    July 18, 2021 at 8:08
    Being forced to were an identifier that broadcasts medical status is a violation of the player’s/patient’s privacy. The vaccination status is not being shared with the just employer but with everyone including the press and other players. What is next different colored bracelets for hepatitis, HIV, or other contagious diseases? Yes this is a violation of the patient’s privacy.
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    Outside of HIPPA, there is no right of privacy with respect to your medical information. The doctor/patient privilege prevents only your doctor from disclosing your information, not anyone else.

  20. nhpats2011 says:
    July 18, 2021 at 6:26
    This makes perfect sense. But too many people get off on controlling the behavior of others. It’s about power
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    No one is out there trying to control you or exert power over you. No one is monitoring your every move, or trying to infringe upon your freedom.

    Asking people to get vaccinated is about protecting the public health. It is not about trying to control your body. Limiting the flow of water through shower heads is about preserving a natural resource. It is not about controlling how you cleanse your body. Seat belt laws are about safety, preventing serious injuries and deaths. They have nothing to with exerting power over how you drive your vehicle.

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