In a tweet released Wednesday afternoon, NFL reporter Judy Battista released an encouraging COVID update from the league regarding the ongoing vaccination efforts and prospects of an entirely normal NFL season.
Battista tweeted: “Roger Goodell says 30 of 32 teams have 90 percent vaccination rate among Tier 1 and 2 personnel (coaches, staff etc.) Remaining two teams are over 85 percent. Does not include player numbers.”
According to a report from Tom Pelissero released Tuesday, the league anticipates that all clubs will be approved for full in-person attendance this season, pending the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos’ inclusion on the list: “30 of 32 clubs have approval to safely open at 100% capacity before the 2021 preseason begins, league exec Peter O’Reilly said. The Colts and Broncos are the two remaining, but ’both have a clear path’ to get approval before August.”
Denver continues to see hospitalizations drop going into Memorial Day weekend, and the Indiana State Department of Health has reported, “no new deaths linked to COVID-19 on Sunday.” Both are great signs that post-COVID normalcy is on the way.
NFL teams and programs have actively encouraged vaccination efforts, via giveaways or stadium events, to ensure a full season devoid of panic and missed games due to COVID.
The number of stadiums announcing full capacity games without any mask mandates has risen up the charts more quickly than Clay’s stock picks last June.