As we near the opening of training camps around the NFL, the league’s teams are starting to have some success in getting the large majorities of their players vaccinated. That is good news on a number of levels.
The league has implemented an 85-percent threshold for teams. Once they hit that benchmark for vaccinations, they can lift a number of COVID-19 restrictions. That should make for a much better experience for everyone involved on those teams this fall.
Some teams have really lagged behind, including the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Football Team, per reports. Nearly half have hit that crucial 85-percent threshold though, which is great news for the upcoming season.
NFL Media’s Judy Battista broke that news. On top of it, over 78-percent of the total players in the league have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination shot, whether it is the single-shot Johnson & Johnson, or the first of two Pfizer or Moderna shots.
With players starting to report for training camps, there’s progress on vaccines. More than 78 percent of players league-wide have at least one vaccine, and 14 teams have at least 85 percent of players vaccinated.
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) July 22, 2021
Training camp is set to begin for the league next week. The NFL hasn’t officially revealed the full extent of its COVID-19 protocols that could be lifted by hitting the threshold, but all indications are they made things much more difficult on a week-to-week basis, especially for activities conducted indoors like implementing game plans and watching film.
It was previously reported that the Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins, and Pittsburgh Steelers have among the highest vaccination rates in the league. Just a few days ago, they were four of 10 teams that hit the 85-percent mark.
In just a few days, we’ve added four teams to the list. That’s great news for everyone that wants a more normal, much less chaotic NFL season than the one that played out in 2020.