By the start of the workweek, a total of seven NFL teams had reached the COVID-19 vaccination threshold of 85% among players that allows for relaxation of certain health and safety protocols related to the virus. Meanwhile, 70% of the league’s players had received at least one vaccine at that time.
Those rates continue to improve before training camp.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (h / t Kevin Patra) reported Friday that 13 teams have crossed the 85% threshold. Furthermore, 73.8% of the players had at least one shot. Both are increases of Thursday figures of 10 teams and 73% of players.
Pelissero added that two teams have yet to achieve a 50% vaccination rate among players. While NFL Media does not name the clubs, Rob maaddi The Associated Press reports that the Washington Football Team and the Indianapolis Colts have the lowest vaccination rates in the league before the weekend.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos have reportedly reached and / or crossed the 85% threshold.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association do not require that players be vaccinated, but those who are not fully vaccinated when training camp sessions begin will need to follow guidelines similar to those used last season, such as submitting to daily COVID-19 tests, wear approved face. coverage in the team facilities and eating outside the club cafeterias.
Coaches and GMs aren’t taking a “name and shame” approach to encouraging vaccinations, but it won’t be long once the boot camps start to see who hasn’t been vaccinated and which teams haven’t reached the threshold of vaccination. 85%. .