First in NFL: Atlanta Falcons players 100% vaccinated, team says

The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that the team’s players are all vaccinated against the coronavirus, becoming the first NFL team to ...


The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that the team’s players are all vaccinated against the coronavirus, becoming the first NFL team to reach 100%. Reaching this threshold means that all players on the roster now have more freedom and are not subject to certain restrictions.

Because all Falcons players are vaccinated, all team members can eat together, train in the same weight room, and skip daily testing. Close contacts of a person who tests positive will not need to be quarantined. The Falcons said the team’s coaches were also all vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, 91.7% of all NFL players are vaccinated, according to a league spokesperson.

In July, the NFL essentially mandated that players receive the vaccine, claiming that those who refuse would face hefty penalties, like loss of paychecks and game confiscations if it was proven that an unvaccinated person caused an epidemic that forced postponement of a match. The NFL and the NFL Players Association have also relaxed virus-related protocols, such as wearing masks and maintaining physical distance, for those vaccinated.

The news comes as the regular season approaches and more and more teams are considering vaccination requirements for fans who attend their home games. The New Orleans Saints and Las Vegas Raiders were the first clubs to require fans to show proof of having received at least one dose of vaccine before entering their stadiums. During Saints matches, unvaccinated fans can also participate if they show a recent negative test result.

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