For refusing to get the COVID vaccine, NFL assistants will lose access to the locker room and the field.


For refusing to get the COVID vaccine, NFL assistants will lose access to the locker room and the field.

If they do not obtain at least a first dosage of the COVID-19 vaccination by next week, multiple NFL assistant coaches from four different clubs might lose their Tier 1 designation. The vaccine isn’t required for players, who have a substantially lower vaccination rate.

If these coaches can show that they are unable to take the vaccine due to medical or religious reasons, they may be excluded. According to the NFL Network, if they lose Tier 1 classification, they will be barred from the field, meeting rooms, and any other interactions with players.

Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, reminded teams last month that players, coaches, and club personnel needed to have their first dosage of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine by the week of June 7, in order to get the entire two-dose vaccine by the start of training camps in July.

According to sources, assistant coaches from at least four NFL clubs are refusing to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, and if they don’t get a first dose by the end of next week, they will lose Tier 1 status, which will bar them from the field, meeting rooms, and direct meetings with players.

June 4, 2021 — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero)

“Vaccination rates among NFL players are still low when compared to leaguewide staff, but it isn’t required for players; only Tier 1/2 personnel are required. As a result, an unvaccinated player can communicate with a vaccinated coach but not the other way around. The NFL and NFLPA are still negotiating protocols, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

All restricted sections of NFL team facilities will be open to properly vaccinated employees, and they will not be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

Staff members who are undergoing immunizations or who are exempt for medical or religious reasons are permitted access to the practice field and other restricted areas, but must wear personal protective equipment at all times. These employees are not permitted to travel with the team or participate in face-to-face meetings. They are also not permitted in the locker room, athletic training room, weight rooms, or cafeteria when the players are present.

Employees who haven’t been vaccinated and haven’t received an exemption aren’t allowed to work. This is a condensed version of the information.


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