The NFL and the NFL players affiliation agreed to stop daily COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated players, permitting them to observe the protocols that have been issued for vaccinated players and coaches in December.
The league despatched a memo to the remaining eight groups within the NFL playoffs on Friday, eliminating the designation between unvaccinated and vaccinated players.
The league’s change comes after the variety of circumstances of the omicron variant. All players and tiered employees will bear enhanced symptom screening, symptom-based testing and focused surveillance testing.
In response to the NFL’s most recent COVID-19 data from Jan. 13, 95% of players and practically 100% of employees members are vaccinated. Of all of the unvaccinated players remaining on playoff groups, solely a couple of dozen haven’t had COVID-19 already according to Pelissero, so the newest change will solely have an effect on a small variety of individuals.
One of many 12 remaining unvaccinated players is Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. His 90-day testing exemption following a optimistic case was set to run out quickly. Per Pelissero, players on the 90-day take a look at “vacation” after having COVID-19 are nonetheless topic to testing if they’ve signs, no matter their vaccination standing.
Whereas there was a lower in optimistic checks to almost zero throughout the league, it’s nonetheless attainable that players might miss a playoff recreation if they’re sick.
NFL and NFLPA medical consultants have seen omicron circumstances retreating, noting that focused testing is working after the league noticed a spike in omicron-based circumstances in mid-December.
The NFL’s divisional spherical of the playoffs will start Saturday when the Titans host the Cincinnati Bengals at 4:30 p.m. ET.
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