Saban says "close to 90%" of Alabama football players are vaccinated

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Nearly 90% of the University of Alabama's football team has been vaccinated for COVID-19, head coach Nick Saban said at a press conference Wednesday.

Why it matters: The high percentage of vaccinated players on the team stands in contrast to the overall low vaccination rates in Alabama, where only 42.4% of people over the age of 18 have been fully vaccinated, according to the New York Times.

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  • On Monday, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said six of the 14 football teams in the conference had reached the 80% COVID-19 vaccination threshold.

What they're saying: "I think there are a couple of things to consider: first of all, you have a personal decision, which comes down to risk. Risk of COVID, the relative risk of the vaccine," Saban said of the players' decision to be vaccinated.

  • "On the other hand, you also have a competitive decision to make because you're going to be a part of a team," he added, citing NC State's forfeiting of the College World Series semifinals due to a COVID outbreak on the team.

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