The changes reflect recent updates to guidelines from the CDC and other health experts for fully immunized Americans.
Players who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to undergo daily COVID-19 testing and will not have to wear masks at team facilities. However, they will still be tested every two weeks for any cases of breakthroughs.
Additionally, vaccinated people will not need to self-quarantine after high-risk exposure to a case of COVID-19.
The NFL and NFLPA have agreed to update COVID-19 protocols for training camp and preseason 2021, per source.
How will the lives of vaccinated and unvaccinated players be different? Extract from the memo that has just been sent to the clubs: pic.twitter.com/8yMPW0JBWZ
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This protocol point could have a considerable impact on performance in the field. Last year, anyone identified during contact tracing as being at high risk for a positive COVID-19 case had to self-quarantine for five days. This has left many teams without star athletes, head coaches or critical staff.
During one game, the Denver Broncos had none of their four eligible quarterbacks to play due to quarantine and exposure protocols at the time. The Broncos have decided to withdraw a training team wide receiver to step in as a quarterback for most of the game.
Players who are not fully vaccinated must still undergo daily tests, must wear a mask at team facilities and are prohibited from assembling even outside club facilities. Those who are not vaccinated are too “forbidden to go to nightclubs, bars, house parties, concerts, etc.
If a player, coach or staff member violates these protocols, they may be fined $ 50,000 for a first violation.
Members of the media who are fully immunized will be able to conduct interviews with players and coaches in person.