Vaccinated players who test positive have a much quicker path to return

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One of the lingering (but fading) front-line arguments against the COVID vaccine is that people who get vaccinated can still get COVID. That’s correct; they’re also far less likely to end up hospitalized, ventilated, or six feet under.

From the NFL’s perspective, the 2021 protocols contemplate the possibility/inevitability of vaccinated players testing positive. Based on Thursday’s memo, however, vaccinated players who test positive will have a much easier path to returning to action.

From the memo, if a vaccinated player tests positive and is asymptomatic, he will be isolated and contact tracing will promptly occur. He then will be permitted to return to duty after two negative tests at least 24-hours apart and will thereafter be tested every two weeks or as directed by the team’s medical staff.

In contrast, an unvaccinated player who tests positive, will be isolated for a period of 10 days and will then be permitted
to return to duty if asymptomatic.

There’s another benefit to being vaccinated. For players who get the vaccine, there will be no quarantine a a result of close contact with an infected person. For unvaccinated players, close contact results in a five-day quarantine.

It’s another reason for unvaccinated players to realize that getting vaccinated has tangible competitive advantages, by making it easier for vaccinated players to be available to play.

8 responses to “Vaccinated players who test positive have a much quicker path to return

  1. They also have less of a chance of dying, less of a chance of harsh side effects (short and long term), less of a chance of spreading it to others

  2. If I don’t drive, my chances of getting in an accident go down dramatically….still doesn’t mean some moron won’t crash through my wall and kill me anyway.

  3. One important thing would be to apply daily testing upon entry to the facility, for all players, staff members, vaccinated or not. Like they did in 2020 when no vaccine was available.

  4. birdperson says:
    If I don’t drive, my chances of getting in an accident go down dramatically….still doesn’t mean some moron won’t crash through my wall and kill me anyway.
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    But the odds of that happening is much less likely. And thats the point.

  5. A lot of anti vaccine people do get vaccinated, but they don’t tell so they can speak with both sides of their mouth.

  6. Thanks for reading my post yesterday. But what happens if a portion of a team whose players are vaccinated test positive and the team has to reschedule (or can’t). Yesterday here in LA our Public Heath reported new case numbers that rival those of mid February and that about 17% of the new cases reported here in the last week are breakthrough cases, those who have already been vaccinated more than two weeks out. This new positivity in vaccinated people may be a sign that the antibodies are indeed diminished (whether these people will develop full blown COVID-19 is another thing as an UCLA study published a month ago showed that antibodies diminish 90% in 87 days after the 2nd vaccination). Going to punish a team for its players doing the current socially responsible thing?

  7. “One of the lingering (but fading) front-line arguments against the COVID vaccine is that people who get vaccinated can still get COVID. That’s correct; they’re also far less likely to end up hospitalized, ventilated, or six feet under.”
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    That’s just speculation and something that can’t be proven because there’s no way anyone can know for sure how sick someone would have gotten after contracting Covid if they didn’t get the vaccine vs someone that’s been vaccinated since it effects everyone differently!

    I believe the longer “no test” period for vaccinated players is what will come back to bite the NFL because what if a vaccinated player gets covid(and we all know it can and probably will happen) but they don’t get tested for another 10-14 days, that’s a long time to be walking around the team facilities and spreading covid to a lot of their teammates and coaches while the players who aren’t vaccinated will be tested daily and therefore can be removed from the grounds immediately upon a positive test and that will drastically lessen the chances of others contracting covid from them.

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