Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; A fan wears a shirt reminding people to get a COVID-19 vaccine during the first quarter of Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneersat Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Most NFL players have had at least one COVID shot

Half of the NFL’s 32 teams have 51 or more players who are fully vaccinated or in the process of becoming fully vaccinated, according to NFL Network, and more than half of all players have received at least one shot.

Meanwhile, NFL coaching staffs and team personnel are much closer to full vaccination. Thirty of the league’s teams have Tier 1 and 2 personnel at vaccination rates of 95 percent or higher, while the other remaining two teams are between 90 and 95 percent vaccinated.

Tier 1 includes coaches and football personnel whose job requires direct access to players for extended periods of time. Tier 2 consists of additional personnel who may come in contact with players or other Tier 1 employees.

In April, the NFL mandated all Tier 1 and 2 employees get vaccinated unless they had “bona fide” exemptions, with the goal of relaxing COVID-19 protocols and allowing these employees to enter restricted areas.

By comparison, Major League Baseball and its player union announced Friday that 22 clubs had reached the 85 percent coronavirus vaccination threshold among Tier 1 individuals.

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