The NFL revised its Covid-19 protocols on Saturday and will no longer test asymptomatic, fully vaccinated players.
95% of NFL players and over 99% of coaches and staff are fully vaccinated against Covid.
The unvaxxed will still be tested daily and the vaxxed will be subject to “targeted” testing.
“In short: Unvaccinated individuals will continue to be tested daily. Fully vaccinated individuals will be subject to “targeted” testing, as well as if they show symptoms and if they have a high-risk contact with a vaccinated individual — but not a regular weekly test.” NFL reporter Tom Pelissero said.
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The revised NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols will end regular weekly testing of asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals. A major shift amidst the emergence of the Omicron variant and over 150 (mostly asymptomatic) players testing positive this past week.
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The new changes come just one day after the NFL postponed three games over a Covid surge.
More than 150 vaccinated NFL players have tested positive for Covid in the past week – most were asymptomatic.
Two games were moved to Monday and one game was moved to Tuesday.