Rick Dennison didn’t have a chance and now he doesn’t have a job.
Dennison, the Vikings assistant coach and running game coordinator, is out of work after refusing to receive the coronavirus vaccine. via ESPN’s Courtney Cronin.
According to Cronin’s report, it is unclear whether Dennison left alone or was fired for the incident, but Cronin notes that he is the first coach to “leave his team” amid the rejection of the vaccine.
NFL rules dictate that all Level 1 employees (coaches, players) must be vaccinated or they will lose team privileges such as access to the field. All Tier 1 employees must provide valid medical or religious reasons for declining the vaccine.
MORE: NFL Sets Strict Rules for Coronavirus Canceled Games by 2021
The NFL is taking the coronavirus and vaccine penalties very seriously in 2021: If a postponed game is not rescheduled within the 18-week regular season, the team that originated the outbreak will lose. Both teams will lose their game checks due to the cancellation.
Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, recently said that 80 percent of NFL players have received at least one injection of the vaccine, which has been shown to be safe and effective in preventing serious cases of coronavirus and hospitalizations.
Dr. Sills also revealed that seven teams are above the 90 percent vaccination threshold, with five teams below 70 percent. The magic number to remove restrictions between teams is 85 percent.
However, one thing is for sure: for some reason, Dennis is not 100% vaccinated and is now unemployed.