- NFL Vaccination Statistics
- Reasons for Low Vaccination Rates
- NFL’s Response to Low Vaccination Rates
The NFL released its latest COVID-19 vaccination numbers, and they’re impressive. Out of 1,896 players, 1,764 have been vaccinated. That’s 92.4 percent of the league.
As of May 12, 2021, 83 percent of NFL players have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the league. The league has not released data on how many players have opted out of the vaccine.
The NFL began vaccinating players in early December 2020, with the distribution of Pfizer’s vaccine. In February 2021, the league began offering the option of receiving Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine.
The NFL has worked with local and state health officials to ensure that all player vaccinations are voluntary and that there is no pressure to receive the vaccine. The league has also stated that there will be no changes to game playing rules based on whether or not a player has been vaccinated.
NFL Vaccination Statistics
According to the NFL’s most recent data, 96 percent of NFL players have been vaccinated for the flu. This is up from 94 percent last season. The NFL also reported that all 32 teams were in compliance with the league’s vaccination policy.
Overall Percentage of NFL Players Vaccinated
According to the NFL’s latest vaccination statistics, as of June 10, 2021, 82.4% of NFL players have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The league began tracking vaccinations among players in early April, and since then, the percentage of players who have received at least one dose of a vaccine has steadily increased.
As of June 10, 813 out of 987 NFL players have been vaccinated against COVID-19, an increase of nearly 20 percentage points from two weeks ago. The vast majority of those who have not been vaccinated are reportedly waiting for more information or have personal reasons for not getting the vaccine.
The NFL has been working with the Players Association to promote vaccination among players and staff. In May, the league announced that it would provide incentives for players to get vaccinated, including a $100,000 bonus for fully vaccinated players and $50,000 for those who receive one dose of a vaccine.
The league has also said that it will consider allowing fully vaccinated players to skip the daily COVID-19 testing that is currently required for all players.
Percentage of Vaccinated Players by Team
ARIZONA CARDINALS – 100%
ATLANTA FALCONS – 100%
BALTIMORE RAVENS – 98%
BUFFALO BILLS – 100%
CAROLINA PANTHERS – 100%
CINCINNATI BENGALS – 97%
CLEVELAND BROWNS – 100%
DALLAS COWBOYS – 97%
DENVER BRONCOS- 94%
DETROIT LIONS- 97%
GREEN BAY PACKERS- 96%
HOUSTON TEXANS- 96%
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS- 100%
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS- 98%
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS- 98%
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS- 94%
LOS ANGELES RAMS- 97%
MIAMI DOLPHINS- 97%
MINNESOTA VIKINGS- 97% NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS- 96%
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS- 96&
NEW YORK GIANTS- 97& NEW YORK JETS= 93& OAKLAND RAIDERS= 93& PHILADELPHIA EAGLES= 95& PITTSBURGH STEELERS= 94& SAN FRANCISCO 49ers= 94& SEATTLE SEAHAWKS= 95& TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS= 95& TENNESSEE TITANS= 95& WASHINGTON REDSKINS= 97&
Reasons for Low Vaccination Rates
The National Football League has the lowest rate of vaccinated players of any professional sport in the United States. Only about half of NFL players have been vaccinated against the flu, compared to 70% of the general public. There are a variety of reasons for this low rate of vaccination.
Lack of Education
One of the biggest reasons people do not vaccinated is a lack of education. Many people do not understand how vaccines work, or what they are made of. As a result, they are afraid of vaccinating their children. In addition, some people believe that the side effects of vaccines are worse than the diseases they prevent.
A rise in anti-vaccination sentiment has been linked to the spread of misinformation on social media. A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that people who had seen more negative information about vaccines on social media were more likely to have negative attitudes about them.
The study’s authors said that social media platforms should do more to prevent the spread of vaccine misinformation. “Twitter and other social media platforms bear a responsibility for ensuring that their algorithms do not disseminate inaccurate and dangerous health information,” they wrote.
Some anti-vaccination activists have been known to use fake accounts, or “sock puppets,” to amplify their message. A study published in the journal Nature found that a small group of anti-vaccination accounts on Twitter were responsible for a significant amount of the misinformation about vaccines that was shared on the platform.
These accounts often share inaccurate or misleading information about vaccines, including the false claim that vaccines are dangerous or cause autism. They also tend to target parents of young children, who may be undecided about whether or not to vaccinate their children.
The best way to combat vaccine misinformation is through education. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed, accurate information about vaccines on its website, and there are many other reputable sources of information as well.
Fear of needles
A fear of needles is one of the most common reasons cited for why people do not vaccinate. Many people report feeling anxious or even panicked at the thought of getting a shot. Others say that they don’t like the pain of injections.
For some people, their fear of needles is so strong that it prevents them from getting vaccinated. This can be a serious problem, as it puts them and others at risk of contracting disease.
There are a number of ways to overcome a fear of needles, including exposure therapy and hypnosis. If you or someone you know is afraid of needles, there is help available.
NFL’s Response to Low Vaccination Rates
Earlier this week, the NFL released a statement in response to the low vaccination rates among its players. In the statement, the NFL said that it “encourages” its players to get vaccinated but stopped short of mandating it. This has led to some confusion among fans and experts about the NFL’s stance on the issue.
Education and Awareness Campaigns
The NFL has been working with the CDC to promote vaccines and educate players about the risks of not being vaccinated. In addition to running ads and providing educational materials, the NFL has also sent letters to all 32 teams urging them to make sure their players are vaccinated.
The campaign seems to be working, as the percentage of NFL players who are vaccinated has increased in recent years. In 2016, only 60 percent of NFL players were vaccinated, but that number jumped to 85 percent in 2017. The NFL is hoping to continue this trend by making sure all players are aware of the importance of vaccination.
On-site Vaccination Clinics
As part of the NFL’s effort to increase vaccination rates among its players, on-site vaccination clinics have been set up at all team facilities. These clinics are staffed by team physicians and medical personnel, and all players are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Prior to the start of the season, each player will be required to show proof of vaccination against the flu, as well as any other recommended vaccines.Players who have not been vaccinated will be strongly encouraged to do so, and those who refuse will be subject to discipline from the league.
The NFL is committed to ensuring that its players are healthy and safe, and it will continue to work with team doctors and medical staff to ensure that all players are vaccinated against the flu and other diseases.
The percentage of NFL players vaccinated against the flu virus is encouraging. However, more education and awareness is needed to ensure that all players are vaccinated.