NFL requires all Tier 1, Tier 2 staff to get booster by December 27

A health worker fills an injection with Comirnaty covid-19
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With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down — and with 37 players landing on the COVID reserve list on Monday — the NFL is taking more steps aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.

In a memo sent Monday to all teams, a copy of which PFT has obtained, the NFL explained that all Tier 1 and Tier 2 employees must receive a booster shot by December 27.

Specifically, a booster is needed for anyone who is six months removed from the second Pfizer/Moderna vaccination and two months from the Johnson and Johnson vaccinate.

Tier 1 includes players, coaches, and trainers; however, the league says that players do not fall within the scope of the memo. Tier 2 includes general managers and football operations employees, among others.

As to players, the NFL says that discussions are ongoing with the NFL Players Association.

Exceptions apply to four categories of individuals: those who are not eligible for a booster pursuant to the CDC definition; those who are in the 90-day test holiday after a confirmed positive COVID test under the protocols; those who received monoclonal antibodies within the immediately preceding 90 days; or those whose “S” antibody level on an antibody test administered via BRL at the club facility is 2500 or greater, whatever that means.

For most Tier 1 and Tier 2, the message is clear. If you haven’t gotten a supplemental jab, the clock is ticking and it expires in 14 days.

34 responses to “NFL requires all Tier 1, Tier 2 staff to get booster by December 27

  1. I’m glad I’m not a gambler. I dont know how you could bet money on a team that could lose crucial players hours before a game. It’s winter, cold & flu season. But with all the players who have died from COVID it’s a good idea to keep everybody tested and vaxed up. The techs who read the test results; I wonder who their 1st call is to…the player or their bookie.

  2. tyreehelmetcatch says:
    December 13, 2021 at 8:24 pm
    The big winners here are the pharmaceutical companies. They made a killing.

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    You shoulda bought some of their stock

  3. I got my booster and flu shot in the same day and I was perfectly fine. If I can do it so can you.

  4. Covid-19 is still the 3rd leading cause of death in the US this year. And even with vaccines there were more deaths this year than 2020 all due to vaccine resistance and the Delta variant. It’s a shame but ignorance is becoming a bigger pandemic than the virus…

  5. It’s a fact this pandemic is the deadliest in world history. Everyone should be getting all available boosters. So what if it could result in double digit shots, the science has proven the vaccine work

  6. Dillon Pauls says:
    December 13, 2021 at 7:57 pm
    NFL slowly taking out your rights lol
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    What rights? You’re getting paid millions of dollars take the shot or go find another profession.

  7. NFL had 37 players test positive in a day! Almost all were vaccinated! So get the shot so you can play and not have to worry about serious illness! Now it’s you did that but you still can’t play,even though mostly vaccinated people are spreading it now,and vaccinated don’t have to worry about serious symptoms. The NFL is sending the wrong message. If you’ve done what you were supposed to do then you should be able to play and if you’ve had the virus you should be able to play as well. But that’s just science though!

  8. Ah! It’s so good to see so many “liberty” people weighing in.

    If only they could have been around to contest the compulsory vaccines for diptheria, pertussis, tuberculosis, smallpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella, we wouldn’t have the massive population explosion headaches that we have today.

    Rah, rah, anti-vaxers!

  9. bigern1 says:
    December 13, 2021 at 9:51 pm
    This will cause a spike. The data is clear
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    I doubt that you can even read data, much less interpret it.

  10. Although the booster is brand new, we’re 100% sure that it’s 100% effective and causes 0% side effects over the long term

  11. The NFL is such a money-grubbing outfit that even when they do the right thing it makes you roll your eyes.

  12. longlivedansnyder says:
    December 13, 2021 at 11:23 pm
    Just get the dang vaccine. It’s safe and 100% effective.

    #MicDrop

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    So cringe.

  13. 800,000 American lives taken by the pandemic. If the rhetoric was framed around this thing different the people making the jokes and the conspiracy theories would have been foaming at the mouth to go to war with China instead. Funny the way it is when you think about it.

  14. Every employer should have the freedom to implement across-the-board mandates. Non-complying freedom fighters can get a different job if they don’t like it. Freedom for all.

  15. phinjunky1985 says:
    December 14, 2021 at 12:46 am
    NFL had 37 players test positive in a day! Almost all were vaccinated! So get the shot so you can play and not have to worry about serious illness! Now it’s you did that but you still can’t play,even though mostly vaccinated people are spreading it now,and vaccinated don’t have to worry about serious symptoms. The NFL is sending the wrong message. If you’ve done what you were supposed to do then you should be able to play and if you’ve had the virus you should be able to play as well. But that’s just science though!
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    It is difficult to determine whether you are being disingenuous or you are just ignorant. All of the data proves that it is the unvaccinated who are clogging up our hospitals. Your ilk’s attempt to claim that science backs your uneducated position is laughable.

  16. Dillon Pauls says:
    December 13, 2021 at 7:57 pm
    NFL slowly taking out your rights lol
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    No one has the right to spread communicable diseases.

  17. danielsong39 says:
    December 14, 2021 at 8:08 am
    Although the booster is brand new, we’re 100% sure that it’s 100% effective and causes 0% side effects over the long term
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    The booster isn’t a new formula, Tucker. It’s a third shot of the same, effective, safe vaccines that educated people have been receiving for a year.
    You and yours are welcome to continue squirting horse paste up your bums, there really isn’t much to lose.

  18. minime says:
    December 14, 2021 at 8:11 am
    Freedom ends not with a bang, but a jab in the arm
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    What freedom did you lose when you were vaccinated against diptheria, pertussis, tuberculosis, smallpox, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella?

  19. minime says:
    December 14, 2021 at 8:11 am
    Freedom ends not with a bang, but a jab in the arm.
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    God, is that soft.

  20. danielsong39 says:
    December 14, 2021 at 8:08 am
    Although the booster is brand new, we’re 100% sure that it’s 100% effective and causes 0% side effects over the long term
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    The booster is not brand new. The vaccines are not brand new. mRNA vaccines have been researched and tested for over twenty years.

    It is 100% sure that if you are an anti-vaxxer you are contributing to the continuation of a pandemic that has killed over 800,000 of your fellow citizens. It turns out that being an anti-science rube is dangerous to the public health.

  21. An employer has the right to institute vaccination mandates, and any employee has the right to quit and find a new job if they choose. Free country all around.

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