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Mike Tomlin spoke with the media this afternoon after the first practice of their mandatory three-day minicamp and he revealed that the Steelers are “tops in the league” when it comes to vaccination rates among their players.
“Guys have worked hard to adhere to the policies and the protocols,” Tomlin said. “It’s just been a continuation of 2020 in regards to our attitude. We’re going to work hard to adhere and look for any advantage that compliance might give us.”
Neither the NFL nor the players union is requiring players to get the vaccine, but it's highly encouraged and recommended.
“I am really comfortable,” Tomlin said. “I like the overall trajectory of our participation in the vaccination process. ... Participation has been awesome. From what I understand, we’re doing really well relative to the rest of our peers. We’ll just continue to work in that area and hopefully it’s a winning edge for us as we proceed.”
More than half of the league’s players have received at least one dose of the vaccine for COVID-19, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post.
Sixteen teams have more than 50 of 90 players on their rosters vaccinated, including three teams with 70 or more players vaccinated. Maske, though, reports the Colts, Jaguars, Cardinals and Chargers are lagging behind in their vaccination rates.
The NFL and the Players' Association have implemented relaxed restrictions on masks, social distancing and travel for players who are fully vaccinated.