NEW YORK (AP) – The pace of coronavirus vaccinations in Major League Baseball has slowed, no additional teams over the past week have joined the 22 who had already reached the 85% vaccination threshold for players and other field staff.
Major League Baseball and the players’ association said on Friday that 85.3% of individuals in levels 1 and 2 had been fully vaccinated and 86.5% had received at least one dose.
Previous weekly announcements only included Level 1, and the MLB said on June 11 that 83.5% had been fully vaccinated and 85.1% had been partially vaccinated.
Level 1 includes players, managers, coaches, team medics, athletic coaches, and strength and conditioning staff.
Level 2 includes the property, front desk staff, travel staff, head custodians, and baseball operations staff.
Once a team reaches 85% vaccinations between levels 1 and 2, they have the option to apply relaxed protocols to level 2.
Among protocol changes on Wednesday, all fully vaccinated players and staff can stop wearing masks in canoes, reliever pens and lodges. In addition, fully vaccinated players and staff can eat at restaurants without restrictions and attend sporting events as spectators at venues with government-approved safety protocols, the commissioner’s office and the association said. players in a note sent Wednesday evening.
There was one positive test, involving a player, out of 9,104 tests over the past week, a rate of 0.01% positive.
So far this season, there have been 66 positive tests – 37 players, 29 staff – among 203,523 samples tested, a positive rate of 0.03%. Positive tests are among 25 teams.
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