Two NFL teams failed to get a majority of their players vaccinated before the 2021 season.
According to Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Football Team have the lowest vaccination rate in the league at less than 50%.
This is an update of the previous report that had the Colts, Washington, Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals as the only four teams with less than 50% of players vaccinated. According to Maaddi, the Chargers and Cardinals have exceeded the 50% limit.
NFL players are not required to be vaccinated, and some choose not to. Players who do not receive the COVID-19 vaccine will be subject to stricter protocols, with rules such as wearing masks in settings where vaccinated players are not needed and requiring unvaccinated players to be tested. everyday.
Teams that have vaccinated 85 percent of their players will have fewer restrictions on their facilities.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard said last month that the team is encouraging vaccination, but will not require it.
“It’s a personal choice for everyone in our community, everyone in our country, and everyone on our team,” Ballard said. “We encourage her, but by saying that, we will deal with everything we have to deal with. We have seen that we can manage what we had to deal with last year, and whatever the numbers this year, we will deal with it as well.”
Ron Rivera, coach of the Washington Football TeamMeanwhile, he said last month that the percentage of vaccinated players was “close to 50 percent.” The latest report from The Associated Press suggests that nothing has changed.
“We’re going to follow the rules. We’re going to do it the right way,” Rivera said. “Do we want them to be vaccinated? Yes. I think it’s important, but again, every guy has to make his decisions for himself and what he thinks is best. At this point, we live with him and we live with the situation and the circumstances “.