It may not be a $1 million lottery, but NFL players who haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccine have plenty of incentive to get a shot before the 2021 season begins.
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported Wednesday that the NFL and the Players’ Association agreed to two sets of rules for training camp and preseason.
Those who have been vaccinated would be tested far less and have greater freedom away from the team.
Here are some of the differences, per Pelissero.
High risk exposure
If there is exposure to someone infected with COVID, fully vaccinated players won’t have a mandatory five-day isolation. Non-vaccinated players will.
Players who are not vaccinated will be tested every day. Players who have the vaccine will be tested just once every two weeks.
If a player is fully vaccinated, he doesn’t have to wear a mask and may interact with family members and friends who also have been vaccinated. Unvaccinated players will have to wear a mask and stay in the team hotel and only meet with team personnel.
This is from Pelissero: NFL players who aren’t fully vaccinated “will be banned from nightclubs, bars, house parties, concerts, etc., with the NFL and clubs allowed to issue fines of a game check up to $50,000 for a first offense — and more thereafter.”
Here is more of what Pelissero tweeted:
According to the NFL’s website, half of the league’s 32 teams have 51 or more players vaccinated.