NFLPA plans to propose daily testing of vaccinated players and staff

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As circumstances change, protocols change, too.

Via Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the NFL Players Association has informed its members that it plans to propose to the league daily testing of all vaccinated players and staff.

Currently, vaccinated players and staff are tested once every 14 days. In recent weeks, however, it has become more and more clear that vaccinated individuals can still catch — and more importantly transmit — the Delta variant of the virus.

The union also is advocating other potential steps that would make 2021 more like 2020.

“In the event of an apparent virus spread among a club, masking may be required for all players and staff, regardless of vaccination status,” the memo explains. “This is similar to the intensive protocols last year and designed to prevent an outbreak.”

It’s a smart approach, one that reflects the flexibility that will be critical to beating this situation once and for all.

“We have consistently stated that football will go the way of our communities, and multiple cities and states are experiencing record surges in infections and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant,” the NFLPA memo explains.

The league, however, may not be ready to accept (or perhaps to pay for) a return to daily testing for all players and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

“Our approach is always to be flexible and adaptable and open to what the data is showing us,” NFL chief medical officer Allen Sills said on a Wednesday evening teleconference with reporters. “So we’re going to follow the data in regards to everything in our protocol, including the frequency of testing and mask guidance and so forth. We are doing obviously more frequent testing in subpopulations right now. We’re testing unvaccinated individuals every day.”

One of the inducements to persuade players to get vaccinated came from the reality of reduced testing. But that was hardly a bait-and-switch tactic. If vaccinated players and staff can catch it and pass it around, they should be subjected to the quick and easy (and accurate) Mesa test before being allowed into the building, each and every day.

31 responses to “NFLPA plans to propose daily testing of vaccinated players and staff

  1. But the NFLPA says nothing about UN-vaccinated players? They’re the ones that should be tested… and tested DAILY!

  2. A no brainer, despite the vaccinations people are still catching COVID, albeit with little to no symptoms. So assuming that everyone vaccinated won’t contract and spread the virus in lunacy. Test everyone equally regardless of what side of the vaccination fence you sit on.

  3. This might be the only hope to save the season, the NFL would be foolish to reject this because of the increased testing costs.

  4. Yes, that’s how we will get more people vaccinated! Let’s take away every benefit of getting your freedom back when you get the vaccine. That will get more people to get it for sure. (Yes sarcasm)

  5. They may as well go back to the 2020 protocols wholesale and stop turning the vaccinated staff versus the unvaccinated staff into a Capulets and Montagues situation

  6. So basically getting vaccinated meant nothing. So why does the NFL still require their player get the vaccine?

  7. Pleas do the same with fans entering the stadium! Please make a COVID vaccine card a domestic passport! Let’s save lives.

  8. Actually it’s a great idea. It will convinced even the pro vaxers what a scam this is.

  9. The union is only doing this to protect and cover their non vaccinated. Its not them being smart.

  10. The NFLPA is responding to CDC study out of Massachusets that showed 74% of new cases were vaccinated and had viral loads equal to unvaccinated. The wild card is that people like Lamar Jackson who has had Covid and recovered and vaccinated people who all have antibodies can catch and spread the disease whether they have symptoms or not. It seems masks are coming back along with daily tests to reduce transmission.

  11. The virus will decide when it’s done once and for all not a bunch of silly politicians and bureaucrats.

  12. Treating their players like slaves. The NFL is setting quite the precedent for entertainment in the form of sports.

    Players need to stand up for themselves here. I’d be 100% behind a players strike.

  13. I’m all for daily testing of vaccinated players and staff as long as the unvaccinated players and staff have to stay home without pay.

  14. Total BS…. The REASON the Delta virus exists & is spreading like wild fire is due to the unvaccinated people that give it a home to continually mutate….. vaccinated people get it because of that….

  15. Here’s the thing: if everyone was vaccinated that could be, then it wouldn’t matter if vaccinated people could potentially transmit the virus, because they hardly have any symptoms anyway.

    The one benefit to this, is it would make very clear the rates that the virus is contracted and spread for vaccinated vs unvaccinated individuals.

  16. Get vaccinated or don’t it’s a personal choice and this country was founded on the principle of allowing us to make our own choices. With that being said, if you choose to be Billy Bad arse and not get vaccinated then keep your bad self at home when you get sick rather than run to the ED because you can’t breathe and overwhelm the health care system.

  17. I applaud this. Vaccinated or not you can still contract and pass along the virus. We are all in this together right? The only way to fight this virus is to keep testing and testing until it’s gone. The virus attacks and kills so many people and it doesn’t discriminate. White black Asian Australian vaccinated unvaccinated it’s just so deadly the only way we can beat this together is to just keep testing and testing everyone everyday.

  18. kissbillsrings says:
    August 5, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Total BS…. The REASON the Delta virus exists & is spreading like wild fire is due to the unvaccinated people that give it a home to continually mutate….. vaccinated people get it because of that….
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    The reason the virus mutates is because of the sheep getting the shots, not the people refusing them. It doesn’t need to mutate to infect the unvaccinated.

  19. Amusingly, this is exactly what Cole Beasley claimed he wanted all along. More equal treatment of vaxxed and unvaxxed players.

  20. greenlantern says:
    August 5, 2021 at 6:47 am
    I applaud this. Vaccinated or not you can still contract and pass along the virus. We are all in this together right? The only way to fight this virus is to keep testing and testing until it’s gone. The virus attacks and kills so many people and it doesn’t discriminate. White black Asian Australian vaccinated unvaccinated it’s just so deadly the only way we can beat this together is to just keep testing and testing everyone everyday.

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    So why should we not obligate you to be tested every day? To date there are zero deaths for NFL players….vaccinated or not. We should be more worried about you than them.

  21. byaaah says:
    August 4, 2021 at 7:40 pm
    Feels like another round of lockdowns, shutdowns, and stimulus is on the way.

    240 52 Rate This
    What is a shutdown ? I’ve been out in the work force since day one of COVID making sure you non essentials have your comforts… you are welcome !

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