NFL suddenly halts daily COVID-19 testing of unvaccinated players

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The NFL will stop daily testing of all players — vaccinated or unvaccinated — for the remaining playoff teams.

According to the Associated Press, a memo was sent to all 32 NFL franchises on Friday that said medical experts from the NFL and the players’ union decided to halt daily testing of the remaining postseason teams for COVID-19.

"Following consultation with our jointly retained infectious disease experts, the NFL and NFL Players Association have updated the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 protocols to eliminate the distinction between vaccinated and unvaccinated players to determine testing cadence," the memo stated. "Effective immediately, all players and tiered staff will be subject to strategic and targeted testing."

All players and tiered staff are now subject to enhanced symptom screening, symptom-based testing, and targeted surveillance testing, according to NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero.

"Of all the unvaccinated players still on playoff teams, only about a dozen haven’t had COVID already, per source," Pelissero wrote on Twitter.

According to the league's latest data that goes through Jan. 8, nearly 95% of NFL players are vaccinated against COVID-19, and nearly 100% of NFL personnel are vaccinated.

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