Five teams were below 88 percent vaccination rate, as of Wednesday

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One team is at 99 percent. Seven in all have a vaccination rate of 97 percent or higher.

At the other end of the spectrum, five teams remain below 88 percent, with one at 74 percent.

Those were the numbers as of Wednesday morning, as provided by the league to various agents for a Thursday meeting on several different topics.

The numbers haven’t change much since August 3, when five teams were below 85 percent. The next question becomes whether those numbers will change as rosters reduce.

They could go up as unvaccinated players are cut. They could go down, if most of a team’s unvaccinated players are essentially untouchable.

Regardless, it looks as if most teams have gotten the rates to whatever they’re going to be, pending the process of reducing the rosters from 90.

22 responses to “Five teams were below 88 percent vaccination rate, as of Wednesday

  1. What if after all this, these protocols only provide a health — but not competitive — advantage? What if the most vaccinated teams have losing records? Can we at least be happy that everyone is healthy?

  2. If the Vikings have to forfeit games because some of the bigger names on the team are not vaccinated and exposed, then I’m done with them until those players are gone. This is a team sport where everyone is going for one goal. If that gets derailed because of selfish players, then they need to go. The team went out and got some key players in free agency, and drafted well. They have a great shot at going far, so if someone messes that up by being selfish, then go home and forfeit your pay.

  3. This is just a game and some are vilifying players for not injecting themselves with an untested (clinical trials etc.) vaccine. This is beyond football and our entertainment. I’m not against a vaccine. I AM against one without rigorous testing and trials. If you got a vaccine, good for you. If you did not get a vaccine, good for you. Football is inconsequential to our medical decisions.

  4. Why doesn’t the NFL just mandate vaccines like hospitals and other private employers do? Why keep the debate and the shaming going?

  5. makeamericabrate says “I’m not against a vaccine. I AM against one without rigorous testing and trials.”
    —–

    What vaccines are those? Pfizer, Moderna, J&J all had phase I, phase II, and then phase III trials, the latter on tens of thousands of people, starting last August. We are waiting for the pile of data to be 12 months high for there to be full approval, because FDA rules require it.

    Then, post EUA, we’ve had 4.7 BILLION jabs.

    There have been no more widely tested medications in the first year of their existence, in the history of Earth.

    Think. Get vaccinated. End this.

  6. Fine them a couple of 1st and 3rds then redistribute in a lottery to the teams with social responsibility.

  7. Truth Professor:

    “There have been no more widely tested medications in the first year of their existence, in the history of Earth”.

    Agreed. It’s amazing medical advancement. The fact is, it’s the first year. We were all told that vaccines could take 2-5 years for FDA approval. We just don’t know the long term effects.

  8. If the vaccine is so effective as you say, why are the countries with the highest vaccination rates the ones with the most Delta variant spread?

  9. No one ever claimed that the vaccines are 100% effective. However they are working. 99% of the people that are currently hospitalized, on a ventilator or dying are unvaccinated. Yes, there have been breakthrough cases where vaccinated people have still gotten COVID, but the symptoms have usually been much milder. Think of it like wearing a seatbelt. Sure you could still be injured or even die in an accident while wearing a seatbelt, but your likelihood of serious injury and death goes up greatly if you are not wearing one. Seatbelts aren’t perfect but they do save lives. Same with the vaccine.

  10. I don’t understand why we are so closely monitoring the teams vaccine rate now when over half of the new cases are from those that have already been vaccinated.

    The delta variant is here for this season – vaccinated or not.

    Each team needs to be smart and put protocols in place to keep players and personnel as safe as possible.

    The league can do this.
    I hate to see everyone losing their mind over something that can be relatively controlled as it was last year.

  11. Ok, getting vaccinated is voluntary, not required. Guess what guys, so is playing in the NFL. My gut feeling is a lot of players who aren’t vaccinated are going to find out that they’re not as irreplaceable as they are with owners having to fork out upwards of 90 million is they have to forfeit a game because of Covid.

  12. The NFL, where you get fired or fined for injecting some things in your body by individual choice, and fired or fined for not injecting things into your body against your will.

  13. Get the damn vaccine some people with poor intentions are trying to make this a more complicated issue then it needs to be.

  14. If you don’t want to get vaccinated then don’t. But if you’re unvaccinated and enough of you get the virus and have to miss a game or 2 and it cost the team a game and/or a game check there will be problems especially in the locker room. You start affecting people’s money it will divide players.

  15. jerry292 says:
    August 12, 2021 at 6:45 pm
    If the vaccine is so effective as you say, why are the countries with the highest vaccination rates the ones with the most Delta variant spread?

    __________

    Look at the death rates and people in ICU in these countries, that’s the most important thing.

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