As college football season approaches, the vaccine conversation for teams, coaches, and staff has moved to the forefront.
At the 2021 SEC Media Days on Monday, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said that six of the 14 SEC football teams have reached an 80% COVID-19 vaccination rate. “In order for a program to avoid regular COVID-19 testing and the requirement of wearing masks indoors, it must achieve an 85% vaccination threshold,” reports ESPN.
Sankey said that forfeits could be on the table if a game is impacted by COVID.
“Your team needs to be healthy to compete,” Sankey said. “If not, that game won’t be rescheduled. And thus, to dispose of the game, the forfeit word comes up at this point.”
“We do not yet have control of the COVID environment,” Sankey said. “COVID vaccines are widely available, and they’ve proved to be high effective. They maximize our chances of returning to a normal college football experience.”
The CDC director has said that 99.5% of all