NFL Recommends ‘Color Coded Wristbands’ to Identify Vaccinated Players

The National Football League has directed its 32 teams to generate a method for identifying players, coaches, and employees who have received the Covid-19 vaccine.

  • The five-page memo informed NFL teams they would have to develop a system for identifying fully-vaccinated “Tier 1 and Tiers 2 personnel,” according to NBC Sports.
  • The idea is to “make players who aren’t vaccinated…stand out when in the facility,” the report notes.
  • Players and coaches fall under the Tier 1 category.
  • The memo, released last week, was obtained by Pro Football Talk (PFT).
  • “We recommend utilizing color coded wristbands or credentials, however clubs are free to implement other methods,” the memo said.
  • While the NFL has not made it mandatory for players to receive the vaccine, the League is aggressively encouraging its players to do so.
  • Only two teams remain below a 50% vaccination rate, according to a Friday report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
  • “The restrictions for non-vaccinated players are significant, including daily testing (even during byes), masks, limits on in-person meetings, being barred from eating in the cafeteria, etc.,” also according to the report.