Washington, Indianapolis, Arizona and the Chargers are the teams with the lowest vaccination rate
Four NFL teams still have a vaccination rate below 50% less than two weeks before the start of training camps, he told The Associated Press a person aware of the situation.
Until Thursday, Washington, Indianapolis, Arizona and the Chargers had the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the leagueaccording to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not released the numbers.
Pittsburgh, Miami, Carolina and Denver have the highest vaccination rates and they are among seven teams that have managed to reach at least 85%. About 70% of the players have been vaccinated. Teams at the bottom of the vaccination table face potential competitive disadvantages.
The NFL does not plan to cancel any games this season, the source added.
In a memo sent to league teams last week and accessed by the AP on Thursday, the NFL, in conjunction with the players’ union, updated protocols to allow teams traveling to joint practices to have their maximum. diary of level 1 and 2 individuals. The group that makes the trip will be made up of 100 or 140 people, depending on the vaccination rate of the team. The club must limit the number of individuals traveling in equipment transport to 85, but may separately carry additional Level 1 and Level 2 personnel to practice until the applicable daily level limits are reached.
Similarly, from the start of training camp, teams should develop a method to visually identify individuals who are fully vaccinated at level 1 and level 2.
Use of color-coded ID cards or bracelets is recommended, but teams may choose other methods.
Last month, the NFL and the players union updated protocols to ease restrictions for players who are fully vaccinated and to encourage others to get vaccinated.
Players who are not vaccinated should continue to undergo daily diagnostic tests for coronavirus, wear masks and practice social distancing. They will not be able to eat together with their teammates, they will not be able to participate in activities with the media or publicity when they are on tour, they will not be able to use the sauna or steam room nor will they be able to leave the team hotel or interact with people outside the team when are on a trip. Vaccinated players will not have to follow any of these measures.