Jaguars won't reach 85 percent threshold of players fully vaccinated when camp opens
When the Jaguars start training camp in two weeks, they won't have 85 percent of their players fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
A league source familiar with the situation said the Jaguars are not among the seven teams that have met the 85 percent threshold.
With at least 15 percent not fully vaccinated, the Jaguars, like the majority of teams in the NFL, will have a divided roster comprising of vaccinated and unvaccinated players when training camp opens on July 27. Under the league's COVID-19 protocols, their freedoms will be strikingly different.
Fully vaccinated players will not be required to wear masks or undergo daily testing. Unvaccinated players, however, won't be allowed to enter the team's facility for the first three days of camp to undergo COVID-19 testing, according to a memo by the NFL that was sent to all 32 franchises last month.
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If unvaccinated players come back with three negative COVID-19 tests on successive days, they can enter the facility on Day 4 but are restricted from participating in any group activities with their teammates, according to a memo sent to all 32 franchises last month.
To meet the Tier 1 status, all-access for staff and players without restrictions, their second COVID-19 vaccination shot had to be administered 14 days prior to the start of training camp, so the cut-off date was this past Monday, according to the league-issued memo.
Fully vaccinated players will undergo COVID testing every 14 days
Fully vaccinated players and coaches will be required to undergo COVID-19 tests once every 14 days. If they come back with a positive test, they will immediately be administered a second test and sent home to isolate while awaiting the results of the test. If a player remains asymptomatic (showing no symptoms), they can return to the facility once two consecutive tests come back negative over a 24-hour period.
Vaccinated players can eat together in the cafeteria. Also, fully vaccinated players will not be under any quarantine requirements if they come into close contact with a COVID-positive individual and show no signs of symptoms. However, they will be required to be tested for COVID and participate in contact tracing to assist in the identification of other possible close contacts.
All players must wear proximity recorder device
Regardless of vaccination status, all players will be required to wear a proximity recorder (Kinexon sensor device) that flashes or sound an alarm when players or coaches get too close to one another. The device is also used for contact tracing.
Teams cannot require players to stay in a team hotel in their home city during training camp. Teams may offer rooms at the team hotel for use by players and staff. Teams, however, can require players to stay at a team hotel the night prior to a preseason game.
The NFL or team may impose discipline that could include a fine of up to $50,000 for failing or refusing to fully cooperate with an investigation led by the NFL management council and/or NFLPA regarding compliance with the league's protocols.
Also, repeated violations will subject the offender to increase discipline, including for conduct detrimental. Players will be permitted to appeal such discipline.
Fines are steep if unvaccinated players violate protocols
Here is a list of fines mentioned in the league's memo to teams that could be administered to unvaccinated players if they violate the NFL's COVID protocols.
- Up to a $14,650 fine: If they gather outside of the team facility or team travel in groups of more than three players.
- $14,650: For engaging in in-person meetings, practices and/or training activities outside of club facilities with other players/tier 1 staff.
- $50,000: Gathering in any number for any reason with other players and/or members of the team's tiered staff at a time when the club is shut down due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
- $14,650: Attending an indoor nightclub (unless a player is wearing PPE and there are no more than 10 people in the club).
- $14,650: Attending an indoor bar other than pick up food or unless the player is wearing PPE and there are no more than 10 people in the bar.
- $14,650: House gatherings of more than 15 people without the players and all guests wearing masks or PPE or where social distancing for the more than 15 people is impossible.
- $14,650: Attending an indoor music concert/entertainment event.
- $14,650: Attending a professional sporting event (other than applicable NFL games or events, or unless a player is seated in a separated seating section, such as a suite or owner's box, is wearing a PPE, and there are no more than 10 people in that separate seating section.
- $14,650: Attending an event that is prohibited by state and/or local regulation, executive order or law implemented due to COVID-19.
- $50,000: Refusal to submit to required testing under the screening and testing protocol
- $14,650: Refusal to wear a mask or PPE; wear the Kinexon Proximity Recording tracking device, and/or maintain physical distancing in club facilities or during travel.
NFL teams permitted to allow fans to attend training camp practices
The Jaguars will be at full capacity for home games this season at TIAA Bank Field. Last season, the attendance was capped at 25 percent to follow CDC social distancing guidelines.
The Jaguars and the rest of the league's 31 teams are permitted to allow fans to watch training camp practices provided that they are kept more than 20 feet away from players and coaches at all times.