Dr Allen Sills, the league’s medical director, said on Friday that nearly all Level 1 and Level 2 team staff – who deal directly with players – have been vaccinated. Five teams with less than 70% of their players received a single dose of the vaccine or both. He is optimistic that the number of vaccinated players will continue to increase as training camps open.
“I think we got off to a great start,” said Sills. “Those numbers are much higher than what we are seeing in society as a whole. There has been a lot of movement in that area. When you see the players coming to the training camp, you will see more players starting that process (immunization). “
Sills cites teams that have strong advocates of vaccination among players and coaches, as well as available educational materials.
“I think that has affected 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 will see them increase day by day.
“It is important that individuals have the most accurate information. Don’t get information from Instagram or Facebook posts. Let’s try to hear from the most reputable experts. You’re not shouting at anyone about trust here – there must be thoughtful conversations. What we can do is provide facts and make sure to present all the medical facts.”
On Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to 32 teams warning that regularly canceled games could be caused by a COVID-19 outbreak caused by unvaccinated players.
Dawn Aponte, the league’s executive director of football, reiterated that matches will not be postponed to avoid squad problems because of the flexibility built into: COVID-19 substitute players; expand the practice team to 16 players; a minimum stay of three weeks for an injured reserve instead of six weeks; Unlimited triggering players from IR.
That means 272 games on time over 18 weeks “safely and responsibly,” she said.
“Flexibility and adaptability will continue to be key,” added Aponte, noting that Goodell’s memo has been reviewed by people in a variety of NFL roles. “We are committed to playing the full season as planned. There is a no-play/no-pay clause (from 2020), which has been agreed with the players’ association and will be implemented this season. “
She added: “Health and science is really what drives and guides these decisions. “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 there’s a vaccine. “
Minnesota has an assistant, Rick Dennison, who is unvaccinated. After ESPN reported that Dennison was dropped from his role As offensive team coach and game operations coordinator, Vikings released a statement confirming that they are in discussions with him about tournament protocols for training camp and matches. pre-season game. As of Friday afternoon, Dennison remained an employee of the group.
“At this time, Coach Dennison has no authority to waive the vaccination requirements of those regimens. We will comply with the requirements of applicable protocols and laws,” Viking said.
Kansas City is a team that far exceeds the 85 percent threshold of vaccinated players.
“There are six teams that are over 90%, so we’re happy to be in that region,” coach Andy Reid said. “We’re one of those teams where the players have really challenged themselves to get the job done and take on the business.”
The Chiefs are a prime example of what Sills discussed: NFL vaccinations go far beyond those in the community. For Missouri, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 40.8% of the population is fully immunized. In Buchanan County, where Chiefs train in northwestern Missouri, that number drops to 19.34%.
The federation has said that determining who makes the list cannot be linked to whether a player is vaccinated. Planning such squad moves would be difficult, but Aponte dismissed any conspiracy theories.
“Cutting players is because of their performance,” she said. “And I don’t think the clubs will – I can’t stand in their shoes – but I do think there are protocols in place… that don’t limit their ability to operate. I don’t see the two tied together.”
However, it is clear that the federation and the players’ union are strongly advocating vaccination with all their actions.
“Nobody wants punishment or anything like that,” said Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts. “Simply, if your choice is not to get vaccinated, this is going to be a much tougher season.”
https://fox8.com/news/coronavirus/80-of-nfl-players-in-vaccination-process-unvaccinated-vikings-coachs-future-uncertain/ | Vikings assistant coach Rick Dennison, NFL COVID-19 vaccine