With players from various NFL clubs reporting to training grounds This week, COVID-19 vaccination rates among teams continue to improve, but have also slowed.
Judy Battista of NFL Media tweeted Thursday that a total of 14 teams have reached the COVID-19 vaccination threshold of 85% among players needed to relax certain health and safety protocols related to the virus. Additionally, more than 78% of the league’s players have received at least one vaccination.
Compare, 13 teams had crossed the 85% threshold as of last Friday, and 73.8% of players had been shot at least once. However, both numbers increased daily the week before.
On Wednesday, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield became the latest NFL personality. suggest He has been vaccinated against the coronavirus, in part, because doing so gives his club a better chance of winning this fall.
“Obviously last year was a new one for everyone,” Mayfield explained while speaking to reporters at his youth soccer camp. “So it was a lot to learn the protocols and all that. He definitely represents a competitive advantage for the higher vaccination rates in his team just because of the close contact. [rules] and what happens if, sadly, someone has COVID, what can happen to the rest of the building.
“It is a competitive advantage, but it is also much more than that. It is about safety and just general health and well-being of human life. So I would leave it at that.”
Teams that do not meet the 85% vaccination mark will largely have to follow guidelines similar to those used during the 2020 season before vaccines are available to all NFL employees.