Number of NFL players in the process of vaccination up to 80%
The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in this category.
Dr Allen Sills, the league’s medical director, said on Friday that nearly all employees on Level 1 and 2 teams – those who deal directly with players – have been vaccinated. Five teams represent less than 70% of players who have either received a vaccine or both. He is optimistic that the number of vaccinated players will continue to increase as training camps open.
“I think we’re off to a great start,” Sills said. “These numbers are much higher than what we see in society as a whole. There has been a lot of movement in this area. As you see players coming to training camp, you will see more players starting this (vaccination) process.
Sills cited teams with strong immunization advocates among players and coaches, as well as the educational materials available.
“I think it influenced a lot of players,” he said. “I think we are still seeing a lot of positive momentum. The numbers are changing day by day and I think we’re going to see them increase day by day.
“What matters is that people have the most accurate information. Do not get information from Instagram or Facebook posts. Let’s try to hear from the most reputable professionals. You’re not yelling at anyone here – there must be thoughtful conversations. What we can do is provide the facts and make sure that the full medical facts are presented. “
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a note to the 32 teams on Thursday warning that lost regular season games could occur due to an outbreak of COVID-19 caused by unvaccinated players.
Dawn Aponte, the league’s executive director of football, reiterated that games will not be postponed to avoid roster issues due to built-in flexibility: COVID-19 replacement players; expansion of training teams to 16 players; a minimum stay of three weeks in the casualty reserve instead of six weeks; no limit on player activation from IR.
That means 272 games per hour in 18 weeks “safely and responsibly,” she said.
“Flexibility and adaptability will continue to be essential,” added Aponte, noting that Goodell’s rating has been verified by people in various roles in the NFL. “We are committed to playing a full season as planned. There is the no-play / no-pay provision (from 2020), which has been agreed with the players’ association and will continue this season. “
“Health and science are really what motivates and guides these decisions,” she added. “And I think we illustrated that last season and will continue to do so. I think we know a lot more this year… the biggest difference is that a vaccine is available.
The league said determining who makes the list cannot imply whether a player is vaccinated. It would be difficult to control such list moves, but Aponte rejected any conspiracy theory.
“Cutting players is for their performance,” she said. “And I don’t think clubs will – I can’t put myself in their shoes – but I think there are protocols that have been put in place… that don’t limit their ability to perform. I don’t see the two coming together.
Still, it is clear that the league and the players union strongly advocates vaccinations with every move they make.
“Nobody is trying to be punitive or anything like that,” Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said. “Simply, if your choice is not to get vaccinated, it will be a much more difficult season. “