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About 68% of NFL players have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero gave a vaccination update 20 days before most NFL teams report to camp and said five teams have 85% or more players with at least one shot, 68% of players league-wide have at least one shot, and said the national rate is 67.1%, and 53% among men 18-39-year-olds.
A few notable players have pushed back against the league’s protocols and expressed hesitancy regarding the vaccine, which has created issues for certain teams. Bills’ Cole Beasley said he doesn’t plan on getting vaccinated, Bengals’ Joe Mixon expressed frustrations with new league rules, and Panthers’ QB Sam Darnold said he’s still doing research.
The NFL is incentivizing players to get their shots through means like providing a vaccinated player that tests positive for the virus their per-game roster bonuses. But if an unvaccinated player tests positive and misses time, they’ll run the risk of losing their bonus money.
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