“The NFL and the NFL Players’ Association have no intention of making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for players, coaches or staff,” Sills said. “What we are focusing on is education. We want everyone to have the facts, and we believe that this is an important step forward.”
Sills mentioned the 2021 draft in late April as a league event in which teams hosting events involving only fully vaccinated people would have fewer restrictions than those that include unvaccinated people. He also said that while the league will have no requirements to get vaccinated, the hope is that everybody will.
“We’ll continue those discussions and go where the science leads us on that, but I think we’ve got a lot to learn between now and then. But we’re really going to focus on getting that education and continuing that dialogue,” Sills said. “We’re seeing a lot of dialogue between players, coaches and staff about vaccination. We hope that everyone gets vaccinated.”