The National Football League is taking a strong stand against unvaccinated coaches.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network has reported that assistant coaches of at least four teams are refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19. If they don’t comply by Monday, they will be banned from coaching players face-to-face, on the pitch or in meeting rooms.
There are exceptions for those who can cite health or religious reasons to avoid getting the vaccine. But it is not clear whether coaches who reject the vaccination can continue to do their jobs if they cannot personally take care of the players.
The NFL Network report did not identify the affected teams or coaches, and the league has yet to comment.
Pelissero shared a memo from the league on Twitter outlining the restrictions. Basically, unvaccinated staff will not be allowed to interact with players in person.
Last month, the league and the Players Association agreed to a more flexible set of guidelines for vaccinated players. Those who are not fully vaccinated should still wear masks, distance themselves socially, and undergo daily testing. They should also self-quarantine if exposed to an infected person.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell previously said more than 90% of key staff on 30 NFL teams have been vaccinated. The other two teams reached at least 85 percent vaccinated.
The league will demand that coaches and staff need their first injection by next week and are expected to be fully immunized by the last week of July, when training camps begin.
Here’s a breakdown of last week’s note of the new restrictions that go into effect on Monday. The league has made it clear that they have no plans to lift these restrictions at any time during the 2021 season, even for those who have been granted a bye. pic.twitter.com/VArIvbn3zC
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 4, 2021