The NFL has a new rule for 2021: Get vaccinated or double down.
The NFL dealt with some COVID issues in 2020, which saw several games rescheduled, but none canceled. This year, the league wants to put a little more responsibility on players who refuse to receive the coronavirus vaccine heading into 2021.
The NFL announced Thursday that if a team faces a coronavirus outbreak stemming from unvaccinated players, and if the game cannot be rescheduled within the 18-week season, that team will lose the game and cause further problems for both teams. involved.
So to recap, if an outbreak of unvaccinated NFL players causes a game to be canceled:
– The infected team loses, suffers a playoff qualification loss, faces financial penalties and possible additional penalties if protocols are violated.
– Players of both teams are not paid
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2021
“We do not anticipate adding a ’19 week’ to accommodate games that cannot be rescheduled within the current 18 weeks of the regular season,” the NFL said in the memo.
Also noteworthy is the fact that both teams, not just the team causing the outbreak, involved in the canceled showdown will lose game controls. The team will receive a total loss, while the opposing team will receive a victory that counts for the playoffs.
The new league’s mandates reinforce the league’s firm stance of wanting its players to be vaccinated heading into the 2021 season as the coronavirus (and now the Delta variant) continues to make its way through the nation’s population.
The NFL cites vaccination and CDC data as proof of the vaccine’s effectiveness nationwide, with hospital rates and deaths among the vaccinated population dropping dramatically.
NFL team vaccination rates
While vaccination rates for the 32 NFL teams are not disclosed, the Colts and the Washington football team have two of the lowest rates in the league. with percentages less than 50.
Washington defensive lineman Montez Sweat has openly opposed vaccination in recent months, even though the team brought in vaccination experts to explain the benefits of the jab.
Teams that achieve vaccination rates of 85 percent have more freedom in team facilities, among other benefits.