NFL says 87.9 percent of players have had at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine

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NFL players are doing a better job than the country as a whole of getting vaccinated.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said today that 87.9 percent of NFL players have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. The United States as a whole is closer to 70 percent of adults with at least one shot.

The NFL also said that 19 clubs have more than 90 percent of players vaccinated and seven clubs have more than 95 percent of players vaccinated.

Although NFL players cannot be forced to get vaccinated, life will be considerably simpler for those who are fully vaccinated, as fully vaccinated players have less frequent COVID-19 tests and fewer restrictions on their activities in team facilities. Everyone should get the vaccine because it’s safe and effective, but the 12.1 percent of NFL players who haven’t had a shot yet should also do it to help their teams.

48 responses to “NFL says 87.9 percent of players have had at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine

  1. “Although NFL players cannot be forced to get vaccinated….” – Ryan Tannehill disagrees

  2. The NFL knows how to force the issue. The rest of the American business world needs to take note.

  3. If the antivaxers didn’t like wearing a mask or the thought of getting the vaccine, they’re really gonna hate the ventilator when delta comes for them

  4. sparty0n says:
    “Although NFL players cannot be forced to get vaccinated….” – Ryan Tannehill disagrees
    ==

    Ryan Tannehill took the vaccine as opposed to living with protocols he didn’t want to have to be inconvenienced with — protocols the NFL had every legal and moral right to put in place to protect its business interests.
    Neither Mr. Tannehill nor any other player has any God-given, Constitutional or other inalienable right to play in the NFL. He wanted to do so badly enough that he CHOSE to take the vaccine — just as he has to do a lot of other things he might wish he didn’t in order to play in the league. That doesn’t make him a victim, nor does it mean he was “forced” to do anything.
    Far too many people in this country still haven’t learned that freedoms most often come with consequences, that other people have rights too (including team owners and others we work with), and rarely do any of us get to have it both ways.

  5. Great job by the NFL, enough of the uneducated dictating everyday life for us all!

  6. Good job, NFL. Too bad the country as a whole will be stuck in a Groundhog Day loop with rising and falling cases, hospitalizations, deaths, shutdowns, etc. — all because a large part of society refuses to believe they are part of a society.

  7. Can anyone out there help me by telling me why ANYONE wouldn’t want to get vaccinated since it’s available? I don’t understand why someone/anyone wouldn’t want to get vaccinated?

  8. covidiots says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm
    If the antivaxers didn’t like wearing a mask or the thought of getting the vaccine, they’re really gonna hate the ventilator when delta comes for them

    ——-

    Yeah because in your simple world those are the only two options.

    Tell me this, how many NFL players to date, vaccinated or not, have had to be put on a ventilator due to Covid?

  9. onyzendejas says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    Good job, NFL. Too bad the country as a whole will be stuck in a Groundhog Day loop with rising and falling cases, hospitalizations, deaths, shutdowns, etc. — all because a large part of society refuses to believe they are part of a society.

    ——-

    Or we could just allow people who want it to get the vaccine and let those who don’t take their chances. And let everyone simply go about their lives.

  10. sterling7 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:39 pm
    Can anyone out there help me by telling me why ANYONE wouldn’t want to get vaccinated since it’s available? I don’t understand why someone/anyone wouldn’t want to get vaccinated?

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    People with Guillain-Barre syndrome have been advised by qualified medical professionals not to get it. People with auto-immune issues or on immumo suppressing meds do not build the anti-bodies, so there is no use to inject it into your body. Cancer patients as well. Look it up for yourself. Become informed and not just opinionated.

  11. MortimerInMiami says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:19 pm
    Great job by the NFL, enough of the uneducated dictating everyday life for us all!

    whose dictating to you your life that is unvaxed? the people who r not vaxed want to be left alone, its the ppl who r supposedly protected that are insane about this stuff.

  12. Being an American comes with the expectation your neighbor will stand side-by-side with you against an in-common and dangerous foe. The selfishness of the unvaccinated labels them selfish, unpatriotic, and un-American.

    Change my mind.

  13. nhpats2011 says:
    Or we could just allow people who want it to get the vaccine and let those who don’t take their chances. And let everyone simply go about their lives.
    ==

    But we DON’T get to “simply go about our lives.”
    Those of us that did everything right, including washing often, always masking up, and getting the vaccine are now being told we should mask up, take other public precautions and potentially see businesses we patronize shut down again — presumably to protect those who won’t take the vaccine and are therefore primarily responsible for the ever-dangerous strains of COVID that keep passing through in waves.
    Life will never return to normal for the rest of us as long as there are those who make selfish decisions on the medical and science PHDs they earned from Facebook State University.

  14. sparty0n says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:01 pm
    People with Guillain-Barre syndrome have been advised by qualified medical professionals not to get it. People with auto-immune issues or on immumo suppressing meds do not build the anti-bodies, so there is no use to inject it into your body. Cancer patients as well. Look it up for yourself. Become informed and not just opinionated.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    That takes care of .00000618% of the population. What about the rest of the selfish morons? What’s their excuse? “Freedom?” Please!

  15. Q: Can somebody please help with the apartment fire, threatening to wipe out the residents without regard for age, race, color, or creed?

    A: I’ll get back to you. I want to make sure the contents of the fire extinguisher doesn’t dry out my skin too much first. Get somebody else to do it.

  16. The funny thing is; If the deposed Orange King told his followers to get the vaccine, they’d knock each other over to be first in line…….and he’s vaccinated!

  17. After now contracting Covid for the second time since November, I think I can safely assume that Lamar Jackson is part of that 12.1%. If you don’t get the vaccine, at least be safe and smart out in the world. He doesn’t appear to be either, and is taking a big risk for his career and his life, while hurting his team again. I still struggle trying to understand that mentality.

  18. how many of the players have died from the vaccine? Must not be that dangerous

  19. stellarperformance says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:32 pm
    The funny thing is; If the deposed Orange King told his followers to get the vaccine, they’d knock each other over to be first in line…….and he’s vaccinated!

    ____________________________________________________________

    Another uninformed person posting:

    According to the latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control, whites make up 61% of the U.S. population and have gotten 59% of the vaccinations of at least one dose. Black people make up 12% of the population; they have received 9% of the vaccinations. Hispanics, who make up 17% of the population, have gotten 16% of the vaccinations. And Asians, who have a 6% share of the population, have gotten 6% of the vaccines.

    Proportionately, then, Blacks and Hispanics have about as poor a record as whites of getting the vaccine, which have gone wanting in practically every state, regardless of party preference.

    And while official vaccine figures are not listed by party affiliation, and whites are less monolithic in voting than other sizable races and ethnicities in the U.S., the percentage of vaccinations by white people in 11 states won by Trump — including four in the South — has equaled or exceeded their percentage of population in the state. In 10 states won by Trump, the percentage of white people exceeds their percentage of vaccinations, but in eight of those 10 states the percentage difference is five points or less.

    However, in 37 of the states (and Washington, D.C.) registering numbers, a smaller percentage of the Black population has received a vaccination than their percentage of population in that particular state. In eight states, all states with a small Black population, the percentage of Blacks receiving a vaccination is roughly equal to their percentage of population in that state……

    There is more if you want to research it for yourself rather than being spoon-fed misinformation.

    I’m not right-wing or left-wing, I’m informed.

  20. sterling7 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:39 pm
    Can anyone out there help me by telling me why ANYONE wouldn’t want to get vaccinated since it’s available? I don’t understand why someone/anyone wouldn’t want to get vaccinated?

    _____________________________________________

    Many of us have had and recovered from Covid just fine, we are full of natural antibodies which is actually more protection vs the vaccine according to a Cleveland Clinic study, IN FACT they recommend those that have recovered NOT get the jab.. There is the explanation you asked for, take it or leave it..

  21. stellarperformance says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:32 pm
    The funny thing is; If the deposed Orange King told his followers to get the vaccine, they’d knock each other over to be first in line…….and he’s vaccinated!

    _________________________________________________

    Another uninformed poster. The comment above does not match the facts.

  22. For the comments saying the unvaxxed just want to be left alone, the problem is you don’t live in a bubble. We are all in this pandemic together and its going to take everyone able to do their part to beat this thing.

  23. sparty0n says:
    I’m not right-wing or left-wing, I’m informed.
    ==

    People who mindlessly regurgitate information only from those sources that agree with or fortify their positions, while ignoring anything that contrasts with or calls into question their point of view aren’t “informed” about anything. They’re merely good little soldiers perpetuating the party line.
    Sadly, in this day and age it’s easy to find news outlets and an array of pre-skewed statistics that will support virtually any position one wishes to take.

  24. Per the latest guidance from the CDC, vaccinated individuals have just as high viral loads as unvaccinated individuals and are just as likely to be superspreaders. When will the NFL follow the science and correct its COVID policy to meet the new reality of the Delta variant?

  25. nhpats2011 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    onyzendejas says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    Good job, NFL. Too bad the country as a whole will be stuck in a Groundhog Day loop with rising and falling cases, hospitalizations, deaths, shutdowns, etc. — all because a large part of society refuses to believe they are part of a society.

    ——-

    Or we could just allow people who want it to get the vaccine and let those who don’t take their chances. And let everyone simply go about their lives.

    __________

    And kids under 12, who can’t get vaccinated? Who just get to deal with the collective bad choices being steered by the 30% that won’t vaccinate? Too bad for them? Just byproducts of “freedom” again, I suppose.

  26. in Missouri several people have gone in to get vaccinated who gave disguised their appearance and even went as far as to say “please, please, please don’t let anyone know that I got this vaccine” due to the backlash from family and friends.

    so in essence you have intelligent people pretending to be idiots in order to get vaccinated.

  27. Who cares, it’s not like getting vaccinated got these shameless social engineers off my back. Still have to wear a mask and trap the kids in the house, still have to do whatever the CDC decides every morning even when it contradicts what they said the day before. Oh no you guys, I think I hear the Covid-19 Zeta Variant coming! This one has all wheel drive and lays its eggs in your eyeballs! If you don’t immediately lie face down in a ditch and make turkey gobble gobble noises it means you hate science and want everyone’s grandmas to be carried off by pterodactyls! Only Zeta deniers disagree and we all know what they’re like! In conclusion Mr. President, we cannot allow a mine shaft gap!

  28. Nothing has changed, the entire league will be vaccinated and there will be just as many cases and and players missing games and games being suspended as last season. The suits thought it was business as usual once the vaccine hit the market, well think again!

  29. “Tell me this, how many NFL players to date, vaccinated or not, have had to be put on a ventilator due to Covid?”

    I’m not talking about NFL players, I’m talking about the average person and most likely you.

    Who are going into hospitals in the 5 covid hotspots by the thousand every day, with hundreds ending up on ventilators or dying every day.

    I’ve seen numerous articles in the last 10 days as delta has started spiking badly in those hotspots, of people about to be put on a ventilator begging the doctors can’t they have their vaccine now pretty please? The answer of course is always sorry, too late to help you now. Six weeks ago was when you needed to be vaxed.

  30. nhpats2011 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:52 pm
    covidiots says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm
    If the antivaxers didn’t like wearing a mask or the thought of getting the vaccine, they’re really gonna hate the ventilator when delta comes for them

    ——-

    Yeah because in your simple world those are the only two options.
    /////////////
    Well, the thing of it is……nobody knows IF they will get covid or not. And the anti-vax crowd are currently running at 99% of the hospitalized cases. The ignorance and hubris of some people to assume they won’t get it, because they haven’t gotten it yet, is quite astounding. “Oh, but if I get it I will be just fine, because my immune system is great”. Ya buddy. The news is full of people every day that are dying and that said this very same thing, until it turns out their immune system did not automatically fight the virus. And guess what? They died.

    So, which of these do you want to be…..the person that doesn’t take a chance and gets the vaccine and almost 100% will survive, or the person that takes a chance and possibly does not die? Because the thing of it is, again, is you have to decide BEFORE you get the virus.

    99% of hospitalizations are non-vaccinated people. I said it again because some people simply don’t realize this stunning statistic.

  31. thesnakestabler says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:49 pm
    sterling7 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:39 pm
    Can anyone out there help me by telling me why ANYONE wouldn’t want to get vaccinated since it’s available? I don’t understand why someone/anyone wouldn’t want to get vaccinated?

    _____________________________________________

    Many of us have had and recovered from Covid just fine
    /////////
    4 million people in the world are dead of covid. Just because you got lucky is not a reason to not get vaccinated.

  32. covidiots says:
    July 29, 2021 at 3:38 pm
    “Tell me this, how many NFL players to date, vaccinated or not, have had to be put on a ventilator due to Covid?”

    I’m not talking about NFL players, I’m talking about the average person and most likely you.

    Who are going into hospitals in the 5 covid hotspots by the thousand every day, with hundreds ending up on ventilators or dying every day.

    ——-

    I have been vaccinated. This entire topic on PFT is about NFL players. And please, stop with the hyperbole. Delta variant is more infections and less lethal. Covid deaths across the country are down….not up.

  33. tonyzendejas says:
    July 29, 2021 at 3:10 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    onyzendejas says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    Good job, NFL. Too bad the country as a whole will be stuck in a Groundhog Day loop with rising and falling cases, hospitalizations, deaths, shutdowns, etc. — all because a large part of society refuses to believe they are part of a society.

    ——-

    Or we could just allow people who want it to get the vaccine and let those who don’t take their chances. And let everyone simply go about their lives.

    __________

    And kids under 12, who can’t get vaccinated? Who just get to deal with the collective bad choices being steered by the 30% that won’t vaccinate? Too bad for them? Just byproducts of “freedom” again, I suppose.

    ——-

    Go look at the mortality numbers for “kids under 12” and get back to me. They have a better chance of dying by lightening while in their home.

  34. sparty0n says:
    July 29, 2021 at 2:01 pm
    sterling7 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:39 pm
    Can anyone out there help me by telling me why ANYONE wouldn’t want to get vaccinated since it’s available? I don’t understand why someone/anyone wouldn’t want to get vaccinated?

    ______________________________________________________________

    People with Guillain-Barre syndrome have been advised by qualified medical professionals not to get it. People with auto-immune issues or on immumo suppressing meds do not build the anti-bodies, so there is no use to inject it into your body. Cancer patients as well. Look it up for yourself. Become informed and not just opinionated.
    /////////
    Ok, technically you did answer his question, as he did say ANYONE. I won’t do the research to see if what you said is even true and accurate, but I will ask you this…..can you tell us why tens of millions of people don’t believe covid is a danger, and they therefore are not getting a vaccine? Can you tell us why a ridiculous amount of people think it’s a government conspiracy? Can you tell us why 99% of covid hospitalizations are from people that are not vaccinated? That last one was a trick question, as the obvious answer is; the idiots didn’t get vaccinated and were much more susceptible to getting covid, and way way way more susceptible to having a very bad reaction to it.

  35. You can throw numbers at me all day long, but I have eyes and ears. Here’s some more Orange King food-for-thought.

    “Least Vaccinated U.S. Counties Have Something in Common: Trump Voters.”
    By Danielle Ivory, Lauren Leatherby and Robert Gebeloff

  36. July 29, 2021 at 1:53 pm
    onyzendejas says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    Good job, NFL. Too bad the country as a whole will be stuck in a Groundhog Day loop with rising and falling cases, hospitalizations, deaths, shutdowns, etc. — all because a large part of society refuses to believe they are part of a society.

    ——-

    Or we could just allow people who want it to get the vaccine and let those who don’t take their chances. And let everyone simply go about their lives.

    __________

    And kids under 12, who can’t get vaccinated? Who just get to deal with the collective bad choices being steered by the 30% that won’t vaccinate? Too bad for them? Just byproducts of “freedom” again, I suppose.

    ————————————————————————————–
    EXACTLY!
    I’d be happy to watch Republicans party and mingle if I didn’t have a child too young to vaccinate.
    I don’t think hospitals should even be admitting people with the virus anymore.
    You can’t fix stupid.

  37. nhpats2011 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Go look at the mortality numbers for “kids under 12” and get back to me. They have a better chance of dying by lightening while in their home.

    ——

    the delta variant has been affecting kids more that previous variants. Just on Tuesday, two children’s hospitals in Arkansas set a new record for pediatric patients with COVID-19….a total of 24. Seven were in intensive care, and 4 on ventilators. None of them had been vaccinated, although more than half of them could have been.

    It’s shameful.

  38. 345snarkavenue says:
    July 29, 2021 at 4:15 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    July 29, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Go look at the mortality numbers for “kids under 12” and get back to me. They have a better chance of dying by lightening while in their home.

    ——

    the delta variant has been affecting kids more that previous variants. Just on Tuesday, two children’s hospitals in Arkansas set a new record for pediatric patients with COVID-19….a total of 24. Seven were in intensive care, and 4 on ventilators. None of them had been vaccinated, although more than half of them could have been.

    It’s shameful.

    ——-

    And none of them have died. Again, go look at the actual mortality rate. There is no reason to take a vaccine to prevent something unless what you are preventing is life threatening or life altering. To kids, Covid is neither

  39. I laugh at all the arm chair doctors spewing “facts” they obtain from so called trusted news agencies.

  40. Funny how many of these replies and people are still citing former President Trump as an “influencer”, which couldn’t be farther from the truth.. I guess that is the lazy way to lay blame instead of using critical thinking skills..

  41. covidiots says:
    July 29, 2021 at 1:13 pm
    If the antivaxers didn’t like wearing a mask or the thought of getting the vaccine, they’re really gonna hate the ventilator when delta comes for them
    ——————————————————————
    Would you like to buy a bridge?

  42. It’s like we are on the Titanic and being shown where the lifeboats are. Gotta be pretty dumb not to jump in one.

  43. I am vaccinated but have to say forcing people to get vaccinated doesnt make me feel like the vaccine is very safe

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