Less than 24 hours later the word became public the NFL could force teams to lose and even withhold pay if a game can’t happen this season, as planned, due to a COVID-19 fire among unvaccinated staff, there is positive news about the league’s vaccination efforts.
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN tweeted Friday morning that NFL 16 teams have reached the COVID-19 vaccination minimum at 85% among players needed to loosen certain health and safety protocols, from 14 clubs the day before. In addition to, Michael David Smith Pro Football Talk noted that 80% of players across the league have received at least one vaccine shot.
Judy Battista of the NFL Media reported Thursday that more than 78% of players had had a stroke.
Smith adds that nine teams have more than 90% of players vaccinated, with only five clubs having less than 70% of players vaccinated before the weekend.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and Mike Zimmer, coach of the Minnesota Vikings are among the many NFL personalities who have reported higher vaccination rates on every team that gives the club a competitive advantage, while unvaccinated players will have more than a difficult time when training camps open because they have to follow through. guidelines similar to those used in 2020 when several vaccines were not available to all employees of the league.
The NFL Association and NFL Players do not send players to be vaccinated to participate in the upcoming season, but the memorandum released Thursday left no doubt that those who do not receive the blows risk only their own health.