The NFL has a new rule for 2021: get vaccinated or get bent.
The NFL addressed some COVID issues in 2020, which saw several games rescheduled, but none were canceled. This year, the league wants to put a little more responsibility on players who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus before 2021.
The NFL announced Thursday that if a team were to deal with a coronavirus breakout from unvaccinated players, and if the game cannot be rescheduled within 18 weeks of the season, that team will forgo the game and cause more trouble. for both teams involved.
So, to recap, if an outbreak of unvaccinated NFL players results in a game being canceled:
– The infected team withdraws, suffers a loss for the classification of the playoffs, is exposed to financial penalties and possible additional sanctions in the event of violation of the protocols
– Players of both teams are not paid
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2021
“We don’t plan to add a ’19th week’ to accommodate games that cannot be rescheduled during the current 18 weeks of the regular season,” the NFL said in the memo.
It should also be noted that both teams – and not just the team causing the outbreak – involved in the canceled match will lose game controls. The team will be awarded a forfeit loss, while the opposing team will be awarded a victory that counts towards the playoffs.
The league’s new mandates reinforce the league’s tough stance in wanting its players to get their shots before the 2021 season as the coronavirus (and now the Delta variant) continues to make its way through the nation’s population.
The NFL cites the CDC and immunization data as evidence of the vaccine’s effectiveness across the country, with hospitalization rates and deaths among the vaccinated population dropping dramatically.
Vaccination rate of NFL teams
While vaccination rates for all 32 NFL teams are not being made public, the Colts and the Washington football team are said to be two of the lowest rates in the league, with percentages below 50.
Washington defensive lineman Montez Sweat has vigorously opposed vaccination in recent months, despite the team bringing in vaccination experts to explain the benefits of the jab.
Teams that achieve 85 percent vaccination rates have more freedom in team facilities, among other benefits.