The National Football League is taking a strong stand against unvaccinated coaches.
The NFL Tom Pellisero of the network reports that assistant coaches on at least four teams are refusing to get a Covid-19 vaccine. If they do not comply by Monday, they will be banned from training players face-to-face, on the field or in meeting rooms.
There are exceptions granted to those who can cite health or religious reasons to avoid receiving a jab. But it is unclear whether coaches who refuse to vaccinate can continue to perform their jobs if they cannot deal with the players personally.
The NFL Network report did not identify the teams or coaches affected, and the league has yet to suspend.
Bellicero shared a note from the league on Twitter that outlined the restrictions. Essentially, unvaccinated employees will not be allowed to interact with any player in person.
Last month, the League and the Players’ Association agreed on a more relaxed set of guidelines for vaccinated players. Those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks, social distancing, and be tested daily. They should also quarantine if they were exposed to an infected person.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously said that more than 90 percent of the senior staff on 30 NFL teams have been vaccinated. The other two teams reached at least 85 percent of the vaccines.
The league will require that coaches and staff will need their first injection by next week and have to be fully vaccinated by the last week of July, when training camps begin.
Here’s a breakdown from last week’s memo for the new restrictions that will go into effect on Monday. The league clarified that it does not expect to undo these restrictions at any time during the 2021 season, even for those who have obtained an exemption. pic.twitter.com/VArIvbn3zC
TomPelissero June 4, 2021