Only staff vaccinated in locker rooms on NFL game days –


FILE – In this file photo from November 4, 2018, the NFL logo is displayed on the field of Bank of American Stadium before an NFL football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte , NC The NFL revealed on Sunday, August On December 23, 2020, several positive COVID-19 tests were found a day earlier by one of its testing partners, and the Chicago Bears said they had nine false positive. (AP Photo / Nell Redmond, file)

The NFL has demanded that only fully vaccinated staff, with a maximum of 50, have access to the locker rooms while players are present on game days.

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In a note sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, the policy takes effect immediately. Staff covered by the policy include coaches, athletic coaches, equipment employees, a general manager, a team safety representative, three club communications media workers and a support staff member. from the clubhouse.

Players are not required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but the NFL has reported that over 90% of them are.

“Media not affiliated with a club will not be allowed in the locker room,” the memo dated Wednesday read. “In the event that a player needs medical attention in the locker room or if a club chooses to conduct drug and steroid sample collections on match day, a medical professional or sample collector … can access the players’ locker rooms without being included in the maximum of 50 people with locker room access, provided they are fully vaccinated.

A team’s COVID-19 protocol coordinator can also access the locker room to manage Kinexon devices (which are used for contact tracing, social distancing, and locating a person) or to perform disinfection as required by them. league protocols not counting in the maximum of 50. All of these individuals must be fully immunized.

The teams conclude the three-game preseason this weekend. The regular season begins September 9 with Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay hosting Dallas. The first full list of games is September 12.

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