Two NFL groups have didn’t get a majority of their gamers vaccinated forward of the 2021 season.
In response to Rob Maaddi of The Related Press, the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Soccer Staff have the bottom vaccination charges within the league at underneath 50%.
That is an replace to the earlier report that had the Colts, Washington, Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals as the one 4 groups with lower than 50% of gamers vaccinated. The Chargers and Cardinals have since topped the 50% threshold, in line with Maaddi.
NFL gamers should not required to get vaccinated, and a few are selecting not to take action. The gamers who do not obtain the COVID-19 vaccine will likely be topic to stricter protocols, with guidelines akin to sporting masks in settings the place vaccinated gamers do not should and requiring unvaccinated gamers to bear every day testing.
Groups which have 85 p.c of their gamers vaccinated may have fewer restrictions in their very own amenities.
Colts normal supervisor Chris Ballard stated final month that the crew is encouraging vaccination however will not require it.
“It is a private selection for everyone in our group, all people in our nation, and all people on our crew,” Ballard stated. “We’re encouraging it, however saying that, we’ll take care of no matter we’ve got to take care of. We noticed that we will deal with what we needed to take care of final yr, and regardless of the numbers are this yr, we’ll take care of it once more.”
Washington Soccer Staff head coach Ron Rivera, in the meantime, stated final month that the speed of gamers vaccinated was “nearing 50 p.c.” The newest report from The Related Press suggests nothing has modified.
“We will observe the foundations. We will do it the proper method,” Rivera stated. “Would we like them to get vaccinated? Sure. I feel it is vital, however once more, every man has to make their very own choices for themselves and what they suppose is finest. At that time, we reside with it and we’ll reside with the state of affairs and circumstances.”