NFL Mandates Booster Shot for Coaches and Staff After Record Number of Players Test Positive for Coronavirus Plague

The NFL distributed a memo to all teams Monday night, announcing Tier 1 and 2 personnel are now mandated to receive a Covid booster shot by Dec. 27.

The announcement comes after 37 players tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, a new record since the league implemented its testing protocols in 2020. The previous high occurred earlier this year, when 24 players tested positive on July 28. A Tier 3 staffer reportedly tested positive for the Omicron variant of Covid this week. Tier 3 employees are not allowed close contact with players.

Tier 1 personnel include players, coaches, physicians, trainers and necessary personnel who require direct contact with players. Tier 2 personnel consist of general managers, front office staff and other football operations employees.

Although players are considered Tier 1 personnel, they will not be included in the booster mandate because the requirement would need to be negotiated with the NFL Players Association first.

If Tier 1 and 2 staff do not comply with the new booster mandate, those employees will lose their vaccination status which is a requirement by the NFL. During the offseason, some teams were forced to part ways with or reassign coaches and staff who refused to get vaccinated.

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Source: Mediaite